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Re: Another Mac OS X ScreenSaver Security Issue (after Security Update 2003-07-14)
From: Randy Kaelber <randall () nimitz net>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2003 23:45:53 -0700

On Thu, Jul 31, 2003 at 01:21:28PM -0400, Rizwan Jiwan wrote:
I wouldn't consider this a bug. It is like me writing a script that kills
any process named "ScreenSaverEngine". If I run it with my privileges it
should allow me to kill the process (assuming I own ScreenSaverEngine).
Escape Pod does what it is meant to. OS X does what it is meant to--that is
unless you are suggesting that the operating system not allow the user to
kill the screen saver process which is just stupid because I have had my
screen saver crash on me.

I agree. It's no more a security hole than having Ctrl-Alt-Backspace
enabled to kill one's X server when one starts X from the command line
with "startx"  rather than "exec startx".  This is a matter of good
security practice.  Relying on a screensaver app to provide you with real
security is probably not a good security practice.  Sticking a Post-it
note on one's monitor with root password written on it is certainly a bad
security practice.  However, neither of these practices are the fault of
the software.

Basing exceptions to rules on the name of the executable running sounds 
like a path towards madness, as well.
-- 
Randy Kaelber


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