Software update should not run on any logon except...

Scott Robbins scottro at
Sat May 7 12:37:51 UTC 2011

On Sat, May 07, 2011 at 05:22:04AM -0700, Leslie S Satenstein wrote:
> The automatic update is a great tool.   However, on a regular user account, it
> can be clicked to run, and when it does, it asks if new dependency files should
> be included in the update.  I think that allowing dependency files may be a
> potential security breach. 

It's not considered a bug.   A bug was filed and apparently it can be
changed by doing something with polkit, though I don't remember what. 
The suggestion, IIRC, was that if this was a security in your situation,
use RH or CentOS (or ScientificLinux), or find what had to be done with

Originally, any signed package could be installed through packagekit,
but after that made the front page of slashdot, it was changed to any
already installed, signed package.  

If you search bugzilla for packagekit authorization or something like
that, you might be able to find it.  It was from right around when RHEL6
beta first came out. 

Scott Robbins
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