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Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2019 07:51:17 +0000
From: Malte Kraus <>
To: "" <>
CC: "" <>
Subject: Re: Privileged File Access from Desktop Applications

Hi Perry,

On Tue, 2019-07-09 at 11:30 -0400,  Perry E. Metzger wrote:
> Can you explain (or point to) a description of why this is a problem?
I'm not sure what exactly breaks, just that it does, see e.g. [1] [2]
[3]. Since we're talking about root it's not a matter of technical
impossibility, but a decision not to write the code to make it work.

From a security perspective that seems like a great improvement. Even
if it should be the case that some programs don't follow best practices
re "least privileges", at least it's not the whole application running
as root.


Malte Kraus <>
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