Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 205957
Software Update should be able to run use a tool like sudo to authenticate sysadmins.
Last modified: 2008-03-19 15:02:16 EDT
Description of problem:
Tools such as "applications" -> "system tools" -> "software updater" that
require admin privileges should prompt for a root password.
The prompt should allow either a root password or the user's password or a
username and password. When a user password is used functionality like that
provided by "sudo" should be used to run the tool.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Select the "software updater" tool from the "Applications" -> "System Tools" menu.
Prompted for the root password.
Prompted for the password for the the logged in user.
Many organizations rely on giving their sysadmins sudo on all machines they need
to rather than using an organization-wide root password and making the password
available to all sysadmins.
We no longer support Fedora Core 5 and I am currently trying to get my open bug
count down to a more manageable state. I'm going to close this bug as WONTFIX.
If this issue is still a concern for you, would you mind trying to reproduce on
a supported version of Fedora and reopening?
(this is a mass message)
Thanks for the update. I do know Fedora Core 6 still behaves the same way
because that is the version I am currently running. If FC 6 is not supported I
am sorry I can't comment as I am not very likely to upgrade in the near future.
PS: I used Ubuntu 7.10 recently and was surprised that it behaves as I
described in the "expected results" above.
You should be able to configure this already by editing the policy files in
USER=<user> means ask for user's password and USER=root means ask for root's
I didn't realized the username could be configured. I should look for docs on /
It is a bit different than what I was thinking of. I prefer to not have one
password that we have to change and have everyone learn each time someone moves
to a different job.
Hi I don't think I was being clear :-)
When I said
i didn't mean e.g. USER=chad , but the actual, literal, magic string
It means, for the chad user, enter chad's password, for the rstrode user, enter
rstrode's password, etc.