Gentoo Archives: gentoo-dev

From: Dan Douglas <ormaaj@×××××.com>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-dev] Do we need games group and all that game prefixes?
Date: Sun, 20 May 2012 17:23:53
Message-Id: 20269768.xiGOjxtEC0@smorgbox
In Reply to: [gentoo-dev] Do we need games group and all that game prefixes? by "Michał Górny"
On Sunday, May 20, 2012 06:26:17 PM Michał Górny wrote:
> Do we really need all of this poor man's 'you shall not play our > games'? I don't think we're using anything like /usr/office & office > group, or /usr/random-programs-i-dont-like.
I'd put money on there not being a single admin who has ever used the games group to control access to games. Games really have no business being on a system where anything like that is a requirement to begin with.
> So, my proposition is: finally drop that. Install games in regular > prefixes, like all other apps. Don't pollute systems with unnecessary > security perimeters which don't provide any real benefit. > > Any comments?
Is there any way to keep the games group around while not doing the weird intrusive installation prefix? I have always disliked the prefix and don't see the point of it. However, requiring a special group for games restricts access by certain unprivileged programs which run as their own user/group for security reasons, thus providing a very slight security benefit. Or someone may have a user they use which doesn't require access to nonessential programs like games, which tend to be big complex programs less well-audited for security bugs. -- Dan Douglas


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