Bug 496226 - [enh] Creating wireless ad-hoc networks should prompt for root password
[enh] Creating wireless ad-hoc networks should prompt for root password
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: NetworkManager (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Dan Williams
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2009-04-17 08:36 EDT by Amit Shah
Modified: 2011-05-18 10:32 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2010-12-05 01:56:32 EST
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Description Amit Shah 2009-04-17 08:36:15 EDT
Description of problem:

It's very easy to create ad-hoc networks by unprivileged users. This can be a security issue if someone unwittingly enables an ad-hoc network and enters into a secured zone.

Admins should be able to control the actions a user might take
Comment 1 Niels Haase 2009-04-17 10:17:45 EDT
Changing title to reflect the enhancement request.

Fedora Bugzappers volunteer triage team
Comment 2 Amit Shah 2009-04-17 13:50:09 EDT
I think it's a security issue so it shouldn't be treated as an enhancement. A home user could easily enable this without knowing what's happening and thereby allowing anyone access to her network.
Comment 3 Dan Williams 2009-04-17 17:35:35 EDT
While it may be a security issue, it's still essentially an enhancement but with a higher priority.  It's not a bug per-se in existing code, but a change in defaults and additional functionality to allow wifi sharing to be locked down by an administrator.
Comment 4 Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay 2009-04-18 05:52:29 EDT
To begin with, allowing a pop-up notification that is displayed (prompting about a possible security risk and suggesting turning off ad-hoc network) when an user connects to a wired/wireless network with ad-hoc networking enabled might work.

Root password prompt or, admin access might defeat the purpose of 'ad-hoc' networks which is to allow creation of temporary network zones easily and quickly.
Comment 5 Siddhesh Poyarekar 2009-04-20 00:52:59 EDT
Additionally, the nm-applet icon could be changed when the ad-hoc network is active to counter for the case when someone else starts an ad-hoc network when the user is not around. That way when the user comes back he knows that something is wrong and can act immediately. This will also remind him to shut off the network when he is done.

The priority is set to low. Shouldn't it get high priority as per Comment #4?
Comment 7 Huzaifa S. Sidhpurwala 2009-05-25 00:26:23 EDT
This appears to be  dupe of BZ 496247 or atleast something similar
Comment 8 Dan Williams 2009-10-16 18:35:13 EDT
0.8 in rawhide/F12 has a real permissions framework for this; we need to do the UI level stuff again.
Comment 9 Bug Zapper 2009-11-16 04:55:54 EST
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 12 development cycle.
Changing version to '12'.

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