[maemo-users] Missing OS2008 cmdline apps (was Re: how to install OS2007?)

From: Peter Flynn peter at silmaril.ie
Date: Sun Dec 30 18:10:39 EET 2007
Tuomas Kulve wrote:
> hendrik at topoi.pooq.com wrote:
>> That's bizarre.  What security implications are there in ping that would 
>> mean it has to be run only by root?  Forcing people to use root when not 
>> necessary is itself a security problem.
> Ping seems to be setuid root on my debian. So it's run as root here too.

That's because 'debianite' is an anagram of 'anal-retentive'
(well, it's not, but it ought to be :-)

A Debian contributor once told me that all utilities which access the 
network should be root-privileged because otherwise they would allow 
ordinary users to know of (or detect) the existence of other machines, 
which might be a security breach.


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