Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 166985
export of the DISPLAY variable in ssh sesssions has no effect
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:12 EST
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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.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
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: ...
Actual Results: see above
Expected Results: see above
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.
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