Originally Posted by transhour
security thru obscurity...
basically what he is saying, you already have su, what is the need of a "super user" group like wheel? other than to obscure security.
It's useful to have an additional layer of security in case the password is compromised. The issue here is not that he questions the usefulness of the feature - but on the contrary he wants rid of it specifically so that people who are not meant to be root can become root. It's basically dumbing down the security for the sole reason of making it possible for an unauthorized user to get root on the machine. Maybe that was fine during his glory hacker days in MIT, but you'd think that an OS that is widely used by governments, banks, etc will not have a disdain for system administrators designed in the the basic OS tools (as he basically says out straight)Edited by ch_123 - 2/21/11 at 5:33am