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Thread: have to be root to accees the net

  1. #1
    LiNuts
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    have to be root to accees the net

    I just installed RH 7.3, all is fine, I log in as user , then go to use kppp to connect to the net (kde3) and it asks me for my root password !!,

    O.K. so i give it, connects to my isp no problems, except that now i'm root in a user environment and cant use my browser (or any other programs), so i have to log -out and log in again as root to be able to use the net ???.

    Is this a RH thing, or is there a way i can log in as a user and still log on to the net.
    Cheers
    LiNuts

    BTW: its the best and easiest install of RH that ive come across. ;D

  2. #2
    Spot
    Guest

    Re:have to be root to accees the net

    I've seen it posted where you can use the root file manager to turn on the SUID bit, but I think you can open a term window, su to root, then cd /usr/sbin then chmod 4755 kppp.
    That should allow a normal user access to it.

  3. #3
    JimH
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    Re:have to be root to accees the net

    LiNuts,

    You should still be able to browse the internet. Red Hat does not ship kppp with the SUID bit set. They have a problem with possible security holes for some reason.

    It would be a lot easier to use Red Hat's internet dialer. It can be configured to allow a normal user to start pppd.

    Jim H


  4. #4
    LiNuts
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    Re:have to be root to accees the net

    JimH, I know this is going to sound stupid, but whereis the RH internet dialer - whats it called. I went to the control panel to use the internet connection wizard, but it did not list my country (Australia).
    Cheers
    LiNuts

  5. #5
    JimH
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    Re:have to be root to accees the net

    Doesn't matter if it does not show your country, that just saves you some typing if your ISP is listed. You can enter everything manually.

    Jim H

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