On Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 12:36 PM, Fons Adriaensen email@example.com wrote:
On Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 11:51:53AM +0200, Tom Gundersen wrote:
What you are seeing is udisks . The policy that is implemented, if I understand correctly, is that udisks allows a user who is physically at the machine to mount the usb drive, but not remote users.
This makes sense for two reasons:
- A user who is physically present could just grab the usb stick and
insert it in a laptop where he/she has whatever permissions necessary to do whatever they want, so no security is lost.
This makes no sense. I don't mind if they use their own sticks on their own laptop. I do if they use it one this particular machine.
This is surely a very uncommon scenario. It is easily solved by tweaking the PK policies though (which should be expected if you want to do something non-standard).
- Furthermore, you probably don't want have to ask the admin to set up
a new entry in fstab for every usb drive that is plugged into your machine.
Not necessary. Priveleges to do certain things are given per user or to groups, it's done when a user's account is set up and that's it. Sudo can handle this nicely. The fstab entries for my own usb disks are there mainly because they have dedicated mount points.
The last thing I want as an admin is a 'parallel administration' such as polkit, in particular if it can grant priveleges just by adding some files to a directory. That's very convenient for package managers etc. but it surely does not enhance security.
Having too coarse grained security policies means that users will be given access to more operations than they strictly speaking need. So, yes, PK does increase security by limiting what users can do.
I'll stop my off-topic comments now ;-)