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Re: [opensuse] Re: Should openSUSE review it's Security Policies?
On 03/03/12 01:04, Per Jessen wrote:
Jim Henderson wrote:

On Fri, 02 Mar 2012 13:23:13 +0000, Dave Howorth wrote:

There's been a huge amount of discussion in this thread about many
different use cases. But I don't think requirements analysis is
really the difficult bit. I think Werner's right.

Does anybody have any concrete suggestion for how the system should
behave? (Or better yet, some code to implement it! :)
I suggested that there be a few security profiles - a low security,
medium security, and high security profile.

Along with a tool that's easy to use to tweak the policykit policies
in the event that one of the presets doesn't meet the needs precisely
Purely a tangent here, but at least security policy related - a while
ago, I created a FATE request suggesting we alter the default settings
in the GUI to 1) always enable to screen-saver,

This is already enabled on installation - and the first thing I do is rid myself of this PITA because the screensaver keeps kicking in at the most inappropriate times when, say, I am doing an update to the system and I am about to respond to some input request.

Besides, this screensaver idea belongs to the 50s era when the screen was likely to get a "burn in" which no longer applies and hasn't applied for decades. How can you get a "burn in" on an LCD monitor?

2) always require
password when locked

This, also, is the default: lock the screen and you have to enter your password to "un-blank" it.

and 3) prevent the user from disabling the screen
saver. It wasn't met with great approval :-(

Now, with this one I would have most serious issues and I would have to call you out at dawn with your second and your choice of a weapon :-) .

I HATE the screensaver - it is a PITA. It belongs to the dark ages, and if I cannot disable it I would then be forced to switch over to Windows.

In fact, I don't know if anyone has noticed, but the damn screensaver kicks in even if it is disabled in Monitor settings. It kicks in thru the Power settings whether you need them or not - in fact, there is now the feature of having to configure this Power thing when you are using AC power and not just running your laptop on battery. I am talking here about a desktop - the Power settings affect it and to get over this nonsense of the screensaver kicking in I have had to set a couple of parameters there to read 180 minutes each so that I can get some peace while using my desktop.


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