Jason Stelzer on 1 Oct 2010 13:26:40 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Blocking A Program From Running

  • From: Jason Stelzer <jason.stelzer@gmail.com>
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  • Subject: Re: [PLUG] Blocking A Program From Running
  • Date: Fri, 1 Oct 2010 16:26:34 -0400
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This degenerates into an arms race. You will take a step and they will
circumvent it. You really should either lock their account and/or go
through the proper HR channels.

Another alternative is to add fuel to the fire. Why not just create a
cron job that kicks off now and then, sleeps for some rand() period of
time and then kill -9's some process(es) owned by their uid? At that
point they go slowly mad as they try to track down what they've done
to make their environment so unstable while nobody else on the box has
an issue or can reproduce the problem. But hey, they can tinker with
blender while the world falls down around them.

If you wanted to have even more fun, you could also start some
programs as their uid as well. But that makes it a bit more obvious.

I'm not advocating that you actually do this stuff. I'm just advocating malice.

On Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 3:21 PM, holdenergy1 <holdenergy1@gmail.com> wrote:
> Good afternoon -
> What would I Google to figure out how to prevent a program from
> running in Ubuntu?
> The issue is I want to stop any instance of Blender from loading, and
> that would include new versions that got downloaded and just run from
> the desktop (as opposed to versions that were properly installed
> through Aptitude).
> I successfully blocked the apt installed version by changing it's
> permission but now someone has figured out how to download and run it
> from the desktop.
> What would you do?
> Thank you all for the great insights I have found on this list for
> several years now.
> -Andrew Holden
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