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    Disable excessive password requests

    Hi, thats my matter: I don't want to prompt my password every time I want to install a new app or things like that. I want to be requested of my pass just when I start my computer. How should I do this? Im in ubuntu 10.04 LTS

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    Re: Disable excessive password requests

    Asking you for your password when you are doing something that modifies important parts of your running system is an inherent safety feature and should not be bypassed.


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    Re: Disable excessive password requests

    I don't think its a good idea either, but your choice.

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    Re: Disable excessive password requests

    Well I don't want to disable it completely, just for the software center. Even better, I want the system to remember the pass so I would have just to confirm. Is that possible?

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    Re: Disable excessive password requests

    Quote Originally Posted by Seph29 View Post
    Well I don't want to disable it completely, just for the software center. Even better, I want the system to remember the pass so I would have just to confirm. Is that possible?
    The solution would require typing more characters than the length of your password, while simultaneously diminishing your security, so I'm not sure it is a net gain.

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    Re: Disable excessive password requests

    Read man sudoers very carefully

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    Re: Disable excessive password requests

    My friend, I promise you, if you just get accustomed to thinking in a more secure way, you'll appreciate this as a great strength instead of a weakness.

    Ubuntu has already done away with the root password, which is a slightly dubious decision, IMO, but obviously here to stay. The simple prompting of your normal password when you are doing administrative tasks is a small price to pay for a huge security advantage.

    It's certainly true part of the reason there isn't much malware, etc. for linux is the smaller user base. BUT, another very good reason for this is anything the user downloads or just stumbles across CAN'T DO ANYTHING to the system anyway.

    Why would you want to disable this?

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    Re: Disable excessive password requests

    Like the good folks say , password prompt is a security feature that shouldn't be taken lightly . That being said , I can also appreciate the 'nag' factor associated with such prompts . My recommendation would be to change to a smaller/easier to type password

    If however , you are hellbent on your wish , here's the way to go :

    (WARNING : This WILL leave your system vulnerable . Advised only for short term experimentation on stand-alone system conditions ) Sudoers settings can be changed to completely disable password prompts . After that , you could try looking for an alternate program specific password manager .

    Cheers .

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    Re: Disable excessive password requests

    Quote Originally Posted by furtom View Post
    ... BUT, another very good reason for this is anything the user downloads or just stumbles across CAN'T DO ANYTHING to the system anyway.
    To install software, one will often (have to) use sudo; and at that moment the 'executable' can do anything it wants. I can already visualize the readme for some malware

    Installation guide for Malware version -1.-1.-1.....

    1)
    Make the file malware_installer.sh executable
    Code:
    chmod 777 malware_installer.sh
    2)
    Run the installer and follow the instructions
    Code:
    sudo malware_installer.sh
    3)
    Once done, start malware
    Code:
    malware
    For full functionality, run
    Code:
    sudo malware
    Enjoy, the Malware team
    Step 2 and 3 can be very interesting
    If you don't make backups of your important data, your data is obviously not important to you.

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    Re: Disable excessive password requests

    Wim, love the illustration. I do think, though, that Step 2 would have to be
    Code:
    sudo ./malware_installer.sh
    since the shell script probably wouldn't be in one of the bin or sbin directories.
    Jane, stop this crazy thing!

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