Bug 88572 - unprivledged changes consolehelper
Summary: unprivledged changes consolehelper
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: redhat-config-network
Version: 9
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Harald Hoyer
QA Contact:
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-04-10 23:24 UTC by Gregory L. Masci
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:38 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2003-04-11 09:03:33 UTC

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Description Gregory L. Masci 2003-04-10 23:24:29 UTC
Description of problem:
  While logged in as nonpriv user, I ran redhat-config-network from xterm.
Graphical display prompts for root password.  I entered root password.  
I closed redhat-config-network, and re-ran from xterm as nonpriv user.  I was
not promted for root password, however I was able to change my network settings
such as /etc/hosts.  I tried logging out of my X session, and logging back in.
And again I was able to run redhat-config-network and make changes.  This
behavior was also noticed when running gdmsetup 

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Red Hat Linux release 9 (Shrike)
Linux 2.4.20-9

How reproducible:
I reproduce this about 3 times including logging out of my gnome session.  about
the 4th time i was again prompted for root when running redhat-config-network

Steps to Reproduce:
1. log in to gnome as nonprive user
2. Open New terminal
3. $ redhat-config-network
4. Enter root password
5. exit
6. $ redhat-config-network     (not prompted for root password)
7. edit or update /etc/hosts from Hosts tab 
8. Log out of Gnome and repeat steps 1 thru 7
Actual results:
   You will not be promted for Root passowrd but you can make changes to
privledged files

Expected results:
   see Actual Results     

Additional info:
Permissions for files
lrwxrwxrwx    1 root     root           13 Apr  8 17:01
/usr/bin/redhat-config-network -> consolehelper
-rwxr-xr-x    1 root     root         3592 Feb 24 19:10 consolehelper
-rw-r--r--    2 root     root        98312 Apr 10 03:01 /etc/hosts

Comment 1 Mark J. Cox 2003-04-11 09:03:33 UTC
Expected behaviour, see
which explains how consolehelper uses pam_timestamp to cache authentication

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