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Re: [E-devel] Desklock

On Tue, 28 Feb 2006 10:59:27 -0800 (PST) Eric Sandall <eric@sandall.us> babbled:

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> On Tue, 28 Feb 2006, Aleksej Struk wrote:
> > The feature is still under development. Actually, the unlocking
> > through the user system wide password will be implemented too.
> > For now, the personal desklock password is, more or less, a temporal
> > feature.
> <snip>
> As I'm not the one coding this I probably don't have much input ;),
> but IMO the only password allowed should be the already setup user
> password, not Yet Another Password that the user has to define and
> remember (though they could use the same password as their account
> password, but then that opens up 'security' issues with who gets
> access to where this password is stored, is it encrypted, etc.).

the problem is - to handle the "user password" is a massive pain in the arse. you need to use PAM or getpwent() and this presents some serious problems. what if your user account details live in an ldap db? sure - pam wraps this and handles it, but now we bind ourselves to pam - which is a bit problematic to use in a portable way even between linux distributions.

also note - this is no worse than leaving your desktop unlocked and someone walking by and going "rm -rf ~/*" in a terminal. if you walk away from your machine and leave it unlocked - it's fair game for ANYTHING. someone locking it with a pw u don't know is fairly harmless compared to other things they can do.

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