Thu, 15 Mar 2007

GPLv3 Root Password

The "current" draft (which is nearly 9 months out of date) of the GPLv3 specifies:

The Corresponding Source also includes any encryption or authorization keys necessary to install and/or execute modified versions from source code in the recommended or principal context of use, such that they can implement all the same functionality in the same range of circumstances.

which seems to require you to give the root password so that users can execute modified versions of setuid programs. One hopes that the current-current draft of the GPL has removed this section, or at least makes it clear that the owner of the machine gets to protect themselves from mere users of the machine.

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