Bug 11503 - kppp is a soft link in /usr/bin/consolehelper
kppp is a soft link in /usr/bin/consolehelper
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kdenetwork (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Bernhard Rosenkraenzer
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Reported: 2000-05-18 10:27 EDT by Elias Athanasopoulos
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-05-26 11:18:18 EDT
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Description Elias Athanasopoulos 2000-05-18 10:27:09 EDT
kppp exists in two places:
- /usr/sbin/kppp (elf)
- /usr/bin/kppp  (soft link -> /usr/bin/consolehelper)

A similar situation involves the kpackage program.

I had to copy the elf kppp to /usr/bin and make it suid root in
order to be able to connect as an ordinary user.
Comment 1 Elias Athanasopoulos 2000-05-26 11:18:59 EDT
The installation mode was custom with KDE Desktop. I installed only the core
and development libraries for GNOME.
Comment 2 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 2000-06-17 17:36:57 EDT
It's not a bug, it's a feature.
consolehelper is a wrapper program that lets ordinary users start programs as
root under certain circumstances.
setuid programs are always security problems.

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