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    Default Question about Users

    Does Linux have a user account that only allows access to the Internet and denies access to everything else? In other words don't want anyone snooping around on the konsole or even worse my /etc

    Thanks...
    Hmmmm I wonder how long before im good at this????????????

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    Default Re: Question about Users

    On Thu, 2009-07-23 at 12:16 +0000, hgallo wrote:
    > Does Linux have a user account that only allows access to the Internet
    > and denies access to everything else? In other words don't want anyone
    > snooping around on the konsole or even worse my /etc


    No, it does not. However, it may be possible to create such a bottled
    up environment pretty easily using AppArmor. But you would have to
    create the profile.

    How? Well... you'd profile a person's login shell and use AppArmor's
    profile wizard to point an click your way to something that restricts
    the user.

    Getting a graphical desktop environment and going the AppArmor thing
    might be somewhat tough. Desktop environments allow a LOT of different
    things. Likely there will be too much info for most people to deal with
    with regards to determing what is needed and what is not needed.

    There are other possibilities. For example, you could create a user
    that can only log in graphically and protect their settings such that
    the only thing that comes up is a browser... this may be prettier and
    even easier to setup (AppArmor could be difficult because of need for
    X11).

    Lots of possibilities. None of this would be "beginner" oriented
    though. Would take a fairly experienced person I imagine to do this
    well. Could mean combining many techniques.

    Also, you'd have to define what Internet use means? Can the user do
    multimedia, download files, etc.? Just developing the policy could take
    a lot of time.

    This one is tougher than it sounds...





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    Default Re: Question about Users

    hgallo adjusted his/her AFDB on Thursday 23 Jul 2009 13:16 to write:

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    > Does Linux have a user account that only allows access to the Internet
    > and denies access to everything else? In other words don't want anyone
    > snooping around on the konsole or even worse my /etc
    >
    > Thanks...
    >
    >


    Have a look here this might be right up your street.


    http://en.opensuse.org/Kiosktool


    I have not used this but I should think you can lock down to just browsing
    so you have just a Cyber cafe type of environment.

    Allso used in conjunction with user permissions and group menberships you
    could do it quite easily.

    HTH

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    Mark
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    Default Re: Question about Users

    Ill give it a try and let you know the outcome.

    Thanks
    Hmmmm I wonder how long before im good at this????????????

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    Default Re: Question about Users

    Yes it is right up my street lol. Thanks I would look into that.
    Hmmmm I wonder how long before im good at this????????????

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