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Bug 51373 - does not prompt for root password
does not prompt for root password
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: up2date (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Adrian Likins
Jay Turner
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Reported: 2001-08-09 17:01 EDT by Gene Czarcinski
Modified: 2015-01-07 18:50 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-08-10 17:17:21 EDT
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Description Gene Czarcinski 2001-08-09 17:01:48 EDT
Description of Problem:
up2date does not prompt for root's password (like the man file says it should).

How Reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. run up2date from regular user

Actual Results:
issues message that must be run as root and exits

Expected Results:
prompts for root's password and continues

Additional Information:
Comment 1 Glen Foster 2001-08-10 16:03:11 EDT
This defect is considered MUST-FIX for Fairfax.
Comment 2 Cristian Gafton 2001-08-10 16:58:05 EDT
Assigned to the owner of component
Comment 3 Adrian Likins 2001-08-10 17:17:16 EDT
If /usr/sbin/ is in your path as a user, you wont be prompted. 

The root prompting is handled by userhelper, which relies on
/sbin:/usr/sbin not being in user paths. ie, /usr/bin/up2date is
a link to userhelper, which asks for the password, and launches
the app as root. 

If this isnt the case, let me know.

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