Re: Another Mac OS X ScreenSaver Security Issue (after Security Update 2003-07-14)
From: Randy Kaelber (randall_at_nimitz.net)
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2003 23:45:53 -0700 To: Rizwan Jiwan <Rizwan.Jiwan@KINGSTON.Hummingbird.com>
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
Basing exceptions to rules on the name of the executable running sounds
like a path towards madness, as well.
-- Randy Kaelber