Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 365261
No way to change touchpad behaviour in a security-sane way
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:12:21 EST
Description of problem:
There is currently no way to change the behaviour of synaptics touchpads
(enable/disable) in a security-sane way.
The only way is to activate the option "SHMConfig" in the touchpad driver
section of xorg.conf. If that is done however any user can switch on and off
the touchpad which is a security risk.
Use a laptop with touchpad, try to turn it on or off.
It is not possible until you activate the above mentioned option - then
however every user can switch the behaviour without any authentication.
It should be possible for the user - and only that one - to change the
Since Fedora 8 comes along with new authentication methods (PolicyKit) I
wonder if this problem can be solved with that as well.
See the discussion in
and followups. People are working on exposing touchpad configuration properly
via XInput instead of SHMConfig.
Thanks for the information, I hope that a solution will be available and can
be included with Fedora soon.
I don't care much. Either close it upstream, or move it to F9Target as a
reminder to look after this.
Closed as an upstream problem.