SUMMARY: root being able to unlock the screen

From: Kwan-jin Jung (
Date: Wed Mar 17 1999 - 20:14:19 CST


most of the people told me to be normal behaviour.
I didn't know that the xlock has an argument "-allowroot" :)

xlock has an argument: -allowroot

this allows root to be able to unlock the screen regardless of who is
logged in.
This is a feature, not a bug. It appears to be the default for CDE.

Thanks to :
Brett Lymn <>
David Evans <>
Adams, Chad M CRL <>
Tom Erickson <>
Ronald Loftin <>
Dan Anderson <>
James <>
Michael J. Connolly <>

My original question was:

Hi, sysadmins,

We have the following systems:
 - Sun Enterprise 450
 - Solaris 2.6 installed
 - CDE 1.2 installed

and the following problem:

When users login into the system using CDE, push the screen lock button.
I use login as normal permission but, I am still be able to unlock the
screen with root password.
I got the CDE 1.0.2 and 1.2 tested. I'm not using the NIS

Any advice or help ?

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