Xserver needs to run as "root" on Linux / was: Re: [Xorg] Server side widgets

Jon Smirl jonsmirl at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 12 09:44:59 PDT 2004

--- Alan Coopersmith <Alan.Coopersmith at Sun.COM> wrote:
> require uid root priveledges.  On x86, it requires root to get access
> to the PCI bus & card registers and memory mappings.  (On SPARC, it's
> setgid root in order to do process priority adjustments and power
> control of the display & frame buffer.)

I'd like to work towards getting rid of the need to run root on X86
since it opens possible security holes. For example I'm slowly fixing
things so that DRI (and mesa-solo) doesn't need to be root. As far as I
know there is no absolute requirement to be root if the appropriate
pieces get pushed in the device driver.

Jon Smirl
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