clipboard integration -- possible security implications

Gregory Nowak greg at
Wed Oct 21 17:05:26 EDT 2009

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On Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 11:02:41AM -0500, William Hubbs wrote:
>  I realize that a number of systems out there are probably single user
>  home systems, but I don't feel that we can code assuming that speakup
>  will always only be used on home systems.

I would like to add my voice in support of this line of thought. Yes,
most systems out there with speakup probably are single user home
systems. However, I still think it should be borne in mind that
linux-based systems have multiuser abilities by nature, so I
personally wouldn't want to see assumptions made in speakup's
development which rely on the fact that speakup runs on single user
systems only. As a case in point, I mentioned in another thread that I
have a couple user accounts on my system for other folks, and one of
those is a shell account. Though I mostly access this system over ssh,
it does have speakup built into the kernel, so that I could hook up my
bns, and troubleshoot any boot issues. Since I mostly use this system
over ssh, I don't use speakup's cut/paste feature much on it, but
there may be cases where I need to use that feature, where the system
is in a multiuser runlevel, which of course could lead to the
possibility that someone else could have a look at potentially
sensitive content in the clipboard. Just my $0.01 worth.


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