View Full Version : is having root console in kde upon hd install security risk?

10-10-2004, 09:01 AM
is having root console linked to in kde upon hd install security risk? i've always been told not to run gui on hd install as root..is a link just as same?

10-10-2004, 10:47 AM
No. root is not that insecure. In fact, for most desktop, you already don't have any security when you allow people to be near the PC. The number one requirement for a truly secure multi-user system is physical security.

Without physical security, I can just pop in a KNOPPIX CD and boot then access whatever is on your installed FS, even put in a key logger etc.

Unless you use a encrypted file system and enter the key every time you boot, there is no such thing as security for a PC.

So don't worry too much about root other than you may accidentally delete things like a "rm *" at "/". To prevent that, a good backup strategy is more important than not using root.