[pulseaudio-discuss] Accessing audio as root

Lennart Poettering lennart at poettering.net
Mon Jan 4 10:29:25 PST 2010

On Fri, 01.01.10 22:25, Bill Cox (waywardgeek at gmail.com) wrote:

> On Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 4:52 AM, Lennart Poettering
> <lennart at poettering.net> wrote:
> > I don't see why anyone would want to have audio when changing to root
> > for admin purposes. Playing music certainly does not fall under "admin
> > purposes".
> Ever consider what happens when a blind user switches to root, and his
> sound card stop speaking?  This is no hypothetical situation, like
> someone trying to spy on me through Alsa by taking over my mike.

It is. You should not run GUIs as root. And as long as the UI is in
the terminal only everything should be fine.


Lennart Poettering                        Red Hat, Inc.
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