Ticket #9710 (closed defect: wontfix)

Opened 11 years ago

Last modified 10 years ago

[feature-request] VBOXSF: Please remove requirement to add users to 'vboxsf' group for auto-mounted folders

Reported by: Technologov Owned by:
Component: shared folders Version: VirtualBox 4.1.4
Keywords: Cc:
Guest type: Linux Host type: other

Description (last modified by frank) (diff)


Host: VBox 4.1.4 on any host OS (and all previous versions)

Guest: any Linux (and possibly UNIX)

Currently you require all users (except 'root') to be part of 'vboxsf' group in order to use VBOXSF. Please remove this requirement for auto-mounted shared folders. Auto-mounted shared folders are usually used by normal Home users, not some Linux admins, and this creates lots of problems for normal home Linux users, such as my father.

-Technologov, 6.10.2011.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 11 years ago by michael

I'm slightly confused about this. Groups are the usual UNIX mechanism for giving users access to what they need, so surely you should just be adding your father to the vboxsf group. Unless you have some complex multi-user situation with this particular virtual machine, but then again, one of the points of virtual machines is that you can have a higher ratio machines to users than with physical ones.

comment:2 Changed 11 years ago by Technologov

My main idea is that for simple cases we need simple solutions -- so using SF with auto-mount basically intended for Home Users. So default case could be less secure.

Linux admins, whom need extra security, can use manual mount and use /etc/fstab to configure this extra security.


comment:3 Changed 11 years ago by michael

And you don't feel that adding a user to a group is a simple solution?

comment:4 Changed 11 years ago by Technologov

For home user, not really.

comment:5 Changed 11 years ago by Perryg

You need this for security. IMHO, Making it un-secure for everyone to benefit a few is not the direction to go.

comment:6 Changed 10 years ago by frank

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Description modified (diff)
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