SDTLOGIN interface

Eamon Walsh ewalsh at
Thu May 29 18:34:17 PDT 2008

Dave Airlie wrote:
> On Fri, May 30, 2008 at 6:16 AM, Xavier Toth <txtoth at> wrote:
>> 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.
> Running the X server as the user is in our upcoming plans for Fedora.
> There is a lot of things that need fixing before this can happen in
> the drivers.
> Getting X away from the hardware is quite a big step.

Isn't the plan to start new X servers on different consoles?

Eamon Walsh <ewalsh at>
National Security Agency

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