Should /usr/bin/Xorg (still) be setuid-root?

Andrew Lutomirski luto at
Wed Jan 8 23:50:06 UTC 2014

On Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 3:18 PM, Kevin Fenzi <kevin at> wrote:
> I could have sworn there was a more recent discussion of this, but
> there is at least this thread from 2009:
> Also:
> (discussion about the last revoke() discussion on linux-kernel).

*sigh*.  I'm obviously being unclear.

I am *not* proposing anything related to what uid the X server runs
under.  I'm proposing that, when a nonroot user types "Xorg" at the
terminal, they don't cause a root-privileged X server to appear.

Since I doubt that many people run Xorg directly (unless they're up to
no good), this should have no observable effect.


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