[maemo-users] [maemo-users] Ping as user: error

From: Jim Thompson jim at netgate.com
Date: Wed Feb 8 14:58:12 EET 2006
Laurent MARTIN wrote:

>> on *nix, you have to be root to open a 'raw' socket, which is what  
>> ping uses (a raw socket of type ICMP).
> Really? I'd never noticed this before: at the office, I'm able to  
> ping any machine I want from my normal user account. I'm going to ask  
> our IT chief for more details on how our accounts are configured for  
> this.
> Thank you very much for your explanation!

your 'ping' program is likely set-uid root.

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