Bug 166985 - export of the DISPLAY variable in ssh sesssions has no effect
export of the DISPLAY variable in ssh sesssions has no effect
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: openssh (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Tomas Mraz
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2005-08-29 09:07 EDT by Joachim Backes
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
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Description Joachim Backes 2005-08-29 09:07:54 EDT
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.10) Gecko/20050720 Fedora/1.0.6-1.1.fc4 Firefox/1.0.6

Description of problem:
Suppose you are ssh-ing from an primary (FC4) host to some other FC4 machine. Before doing this, you make an "xhost + <this other machine>". In the remote ssh session, you set the DISPLAY var to "<your primary host>:0". But now, if you are starting an X application on the remote FC4 machine, this appl is not able to make graphical output to the primary machine: Error: Can't open display:.

Even when using "ssh -X" for openeing a session to the remote machine an changing there the DISPLAY variable to <primary host>:0, graphical output to the primary host fails.

But a pure "ssh -X" to the remote host allows grraphical output with no trouble.

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Steps to Reproduce:
1.xhost +<remote host>
2.ssh <remote host>
3.remote_host#: export DISPLAY=<primary host>:0
4.remote_host#: start some graphical app on <remote host>
5. Error: Can't open display: ...

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Comment 1 Tomas Mraz 2005-08-29 09:23:10 EDT
The X server listens only on UNIX sockets, not on IP. Using raw X over network
is a security nightmare.

ssh -X works because it redirects X communication through its encrypted connection.
Comment 2 Joachim Backes 2005-08-29 09:50:46 EDT
It seems this is a new effect of the X server. In earlier FedoraCore or RedHat
versions, working in this manner was possible (X is a network protocol, and
security is _my_ problem in this connection), so I am not satified with your

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