SDTLOGIN interface

Xavier Toth txtoth at
Thu May 29 13:16:58 PDT 2008

On Thu, May 29, 2008 at 3:04 PM, Alan Coopersmith
<Alan.Coopersmith at> wrote:
> Xavier Toth wrote:
>> I saw something that implied that a version of this interface would be
>> working its way into X so that other OSs could take advantage of the
>> additional security offered by having gdm restart the X server as the
>> login user instead of root. Has anything happened regarding this
>> interface?
> Getting it ready to propose to X.Org is somewhere down on my todo list,
> for now it's sitting in our OpenSolaris/Solaris Xorg port as one of our
> platform specific patches.
> If there's interest in it, I can try to get to it sooner, but didn't know
> that anyone outside Sun cared.
> --
>        -Alan Coopersmith-           alan.coopersmith at
>         Sun Microsystems, Inc. - X Window System Engineering

There is an ongoing discussion on the SELinux mailing list about X
policy development that has touched on the fact that the xserver is
run as root and not the logged in user. Eamon can probably second this
but I'd say everyone involved in the discussion thinks this would be a
good thing.


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