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Bug 564 - Linuxconf can't be used as Installation Guide suggests
Linuxconf can't be used as Installation Guide suggests
Status: CLOSED NOTABUG
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: linuxconf (Show other bugs)
5.2
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Michael K. Johnson
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Reported: 1998-12-22 18:24 EST by Chris Evans
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-03-18 17:15:50 EST
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Description Chris Evans 1998-12-22 18:24:05 EST
In the installation guide, running "linuxconf" is explained
from running both as root and non-root.
If you run as non-root, you are supposed to be able to enter
the root password to start.
Unfortunately running as non-root is not possible; the
linuxconf binary itself has far too restrictive permissions!

A discrepancy between documentation and reality like this is
_not_ good for newbies.

Finally note that the "run as non-root then enter root
password" mode may be disabled for (very valid) security
reasons.
Comment 1 Jay Turner 1998-12-30 17:41:59 EST
I have verified this to be true. Running linuxconf as a normal user as
stated by the User's Guide fails complaining of permission denied. A
list in of the linuxconf binary produces

-rwx------  1  root  root  789024  Oct 12  linuxconf
Comment 2 Jay Turner 1998-12-30 17:42:59 EST
I have verified this to be true. Running linuxconf as a normal user as
stated by the User's Guide fails complaining of permission denied. A
list in of the linuxconf binary produces

-rwx------  1  root  root  789024  Oct 12  linuxconf
Comment 3 Michael K. Johnson 1999-03-18 17:15:59 EST
This is an intentional attempt on our part to avoid security holes.
I will report this to the documentation department.

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