Fedora 9 and Security

Geoffrey Leach geoff at hughes.net
Tue May 27 22:08:47 UTC 2008


There are several things about Fedora 9 that bug me. 

First, SELinux is configured, with no ability to opt-out, as was the 
case in Fedora 8. Second, the "automatic login for a designated user" 
has been removed.

Both of these are clearly security-related, but where is it written 
that Fedora needs to force us to "be good". Strikes me that the folks 
who do these things need to ask what the users want. Or was I asleep 
when the discussion raged on the list?

Third, not security related but emblemantic of the same mindset, I 
suspect, is the introduction, again by default with no opt-out, of 
UUIDs. I understand that this is thought to be a Good Idea (tm) for 
those users who use bleeding-edge software on their multi-system 
networks, but for the rest of us, its just a pain, and makes life more 
complicated for those of us that administer our own laptops.

Now I feel better.

Geoffrey Leach





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