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Thread: Update manager doesn't ask for password

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Hopewell Junction, NY
    Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Update manager doesn't ask for password

    Since upgrading to 12.04, the update manager usually doesn't ask for a password, although sometimes it does.

    How is this possible?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    London, England
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: Update manager doesn't ask for password

    How is this possible?
    Because 12.04 is designed to work that way. The developers have made a serious attempt to reduce the number of times that the user has to authenticate an action.

    It is known that when users are frequently asked for a password they sometimes put in the password without investigating who or what is asking for it. So, the system becomes less secure. Malicious code might be run with the users permission because the user was in the habit of quickly typing in their password.

    By reducing the need to enter a password to those times when it is necessary for security reasons, it is hoped that we users will be working safer.

    Do we really need to enter a password to authenticate an update? I do not think so.

    It is a machine. It is more stupid than we are. It will not stop us from doing stupid things.
    Ubuntu user #33,200. Linux user #530,530


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