[Konsole-devel] KDE 4 Konsole DBus works -- security objections, privilege escalation possible

Arno Töll lists at toell.net
Tue May 5 17:46:43 UTC 2009

Robert Knight wrote:
>> But I think that's much off topic here and now.
> Not at all - Lars asked why people need the ability to send arbitrary
> keystrokes to terminals and whether there was a better option and my
> suspicion is that the use case you mentioned might apply to a lot of
> other users as well.
> Regards,
> Robert.

Well, than we could see that as a use case with real demand. In fact the
original bug report [2] mentioned a very similar use case, probably even
depending on the possibility to send key strokes.
I think, there are in general a lot of useful use cases for that method,
wherever a possible (initial) automatation is acting together with
manual interaction by the user. As I explained this is a very different
thing from a batch like mass processing as the suggested pssh does in my
use case for example.

[2] https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=169024#c2

Full quote forwarded to the mailinglist, as I've unintended forgotten
that before:

> 2009/5/5 Arno Töll <lists at toell.net>:
>>> Why are you not using parallel SSH or the "Copy Input To..." feature?
>> Because it's pretty annoying to start each session by hand too. :o)
>> I did start the SSH session that way (key management not included
>> though). My program ought to be more or less a KDE port of [1],
>> interrupted by KDE 4 and therefore DBus. The advantage over pssh etc.
>> is, that this way the shell is interactive, I can still type "yes" or
>> such things interactively and I'm not limited to bash like command
>> processing as in pssh. But I think that's much off topic here and now.
>> [1] http://sshmenu.sourceforge.net/

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