Bug 6838 - Default config allows anyone to halt/reboot the machine
Summary: Default config allows anyone to halt/reboot the machine
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: gdm
Version: 6.1
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Michael Fulbright
QA Contact:
: 6839 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 1999-11-08 23:19 UTC by Chris Siebenmann
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1999-11-15 20:02:20 UTC

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Description Chris Siebenmann 1999-11-08 23:19:01 UTC
The default gdm configuration allows anyone in front of
the console to reboot or halt the machine without having
to surrender any sort of password. This is especially
peculiar as, once you log in, you will have to give a
password to do this.

 I believe that the default should be to require the
root password before allowing halt/shutdown.

Comment 1 Preston Brown 1999-11-15 20:02:59 UTC
we believe that a user having console access already has more than enough
opportunity to halt or reboot the machine physically.  In the case of a
"cluster" type situation where a network of workstations is installed in a
public area, this can easily be changed via a modified configuration.  However,
the defaults are appropriate in the majority of cases.

Comment 2 Preston Brown 1999-11-15 20:04:59 UTC
*** Bug 6839 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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