[arch-general] netcfg wlan connection renewal

Fons Adriaensen fons at linuxaudio.org
Thu Sep 29 17:19:50 EDT 2011

On Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 12:55:25PM +0200, Tom Gundersen wrote:

> > 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).

?? What's uncommon about that ? I don't care what anyone does with
his/her own usb disks on his/her own machine. It's not my business.
I *do* care if users connect an usb disk to my 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.

What makes you think that the configuration I use is 'too coarse
grained' ?? 

> So, yes, PK does increase security by limiting what users can do.

That's what any security system does, so rather irrelevant.

And in fact it has the opposite effect: just installing some
packages that use PK can suddenly allow things that were not
allowed before. The only way to avoid that is to ship all
PK enabled packages with 'unix permissions only', and that
is certainly not what I see happen. 



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