Comment on global shortcuts security

Pekka Paalanen ppaalanen at
Tue Sep 25 23:14:15 PDT 2012

On Tue, 25 Sep 2012 18:07:51 +0200
Piotr Rak <piotr.rak at> wrote:

> Hi,
> 2012/9/25 Pekka Paalanen <ppaalanen at>:
> > Hi Piotr,
> >
> > it sounds like you make a fundamental assumption on something, that
> > makes global shortcuts insecure, and so you set out to solve these
> > problems.
> >
> > What is it that you assume?
> > What is the root of the problems?
> > What are the problems you are trying to solve?
> >
> I should have state this more clearly, but the problem is - how to do
> global shortcuts in application in secure way. The issue was raised
> during XDC. Video of talk can be watched online
> - discussion
> about wayland input handling starts around 23:30s.
> Those are my thoughts/comments after watching it, on one questions
> that was left open there.
> > Sorry, but I just couldn't understand anything you wrote.
> Hope that explaination is sufficient.

Ok, thank you for the pointer. :-)
I'll listen that through when I find a suitable time.

My first thought would of course be to define protocol extensions on
case-by-case basis: mixer controls, playback controls, etc, and allow
only one client to subscribe to an interface at a time, per seat.
Anything outside of those would be server configuration for misc
hotkeys. But I guess these were already raised in the talks, so I
really better listen to those first.


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