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

Ely Levy elylevy-xserver at cs.huji.ac.il
Mon Jul 12 10:10:18 PDT 2004

are we talking about moving to user after login?
or always running as user?
how do you solve changing console ownership for eaxmple?

Ely Levy
System group
Hebrew University
Jerusalem Israel

On Mon, 12 Jul 2004, Jon Smirl wrote:

> --- 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.
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