kppp permission

This is a discussion on kppp permission within the Linux Programming forums, part of the Platform Specific Boards category; howdy, when i dial using kppp i have to enter the root password before i can dial, can anyone tell ...

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    In The Light
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    kppp permission

    howdy,
    when i dial using kppp i have to enter the root password before i can dial, can anyone tell me how to change the permission for kppp so i can dial without get root access?

    M.R.
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    I would highly recoomend not doing this, as it is a serious security problem whenever you give global access to a program like that. While you're probably not using a multi-user environment, the possibility of someone gaining access to your system should always be a constant dagger hanging over your administration. In the event someone does get access, better to have critical programs restricted to a single user.

    That being said, there a few options available. The first is to find the core set of kppp executeables and move them to a directory you have permission to use, which may have certain problems if it has dependencies somewhere in a sub-directory. You could try using sudo, which is designed to let non-root users dothings as root. Failing these, wvdial is a command line program with a nice interface to your ppp device. You could always get that and install it in a place you have permission to execute (or use sudo).

    Good luck.

    starX
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    very true, StarX. setting SUID is bad at times especially if the program is buggy to overflow exploits and should be avoided .

    but the answer to the question is

    chmod 4xxx `which kppp`
    this will set the 's' superuser bit set

    cheers
    rohit

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    howdy,
    thanks for the solution BUT now you,ve made me nervous.
    i imagine typing a password to run kppp is easier than some of the unthinkables that could be created by unknown scum bags using my box.

    Thanks

    M.R.
    I don't like you very much. Please post a lot less.
    Cheez
    *and then*
    No, I know you were joking. My point still stands.

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