Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 216552
Multiple usability issues with puplet
Last modified: 2016-09-19 22:37:32 EDT
Description of problem:
Puplet has several user interface issues related to updates that are linked to
one or more Bugzilla entries.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Log on to the Gnome desktop, as a non-root user
2. Run "Software Update Notifier"
3. Supply your root password, when prompted
4. Choose an available update, whose metadata includes a link to a bugzilla entry.
5. Expand "update details"
6. Click on one of the bug numbers
1. There is no visible user feedback when the mouse pointer hovers over the bug
number hyperlink. There is no visible user feedback when the mouse button is
clicked. As such, at first I thought that the underlined blue bug number is
just visual frill, and the actual hyperlink function to Bugzilla has not been
implemented yet. Then, Firefox tried to start, five seconds later...
2. Firefox gets started as root! If Firefox is already running, under your own
non-root login id, the interaction between two competing instances of Firefox,
running under two different uid, on the same display, is rather unpleasant.
Furthermore, there is no indication that Firefox was started as root, which is
likely to have a number of security-related implications.
You logged in under your own, non-root uid. When Firefox starts up, you expect
it running under your login id, not root!
*** Bug 216836 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
I disabled bug/cve links in CVS until we can figure out a sane way to fix this
(suggestions welcome). Jeremy is going to be doing a pirut update shortly.
By doing nothing more than carefully reading the contents of /proc, a process
may walk the process tree starting with itself, all the way back to init.
pirut runs as root. It can begin walking the process tree, stopping as soon as
it finds its first parent ancestor that's not root, and before running mozilla,
drop its root privileges accordingly.
(In reply to comment #3)
> By doing nothing more than carefully reading the contents of /proc, a process
> may walk the process tree starting with itself, all the way back to init.
> pirut runs as root. It can begin walking the process tree, stopping as soon as
> it finds its first parent ancestor that's not root, and before running mozilla,
> drop its root privileges accordingly.
There are situations where this won't work for running X apps (think standard
xauth cookies + home in AFS)
Then rather than running linking to consolehelper directly, a helper program
should set up a pipe, then run consolehelper. Pirut will then use the pipe back
to communicate with the helper program, running in the original user context,
and have it start firefox for any URLs the user opens.
*** Bug 376191 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
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