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

From: Steve Greenland steveg at moregruel.net
Date: Mon Dec 31 00:06:34 EET 2007
According to  <hendrik at topoi.pooq.com>:
> On Sat, Dec 29, 2007 at 07:23:15PM -0500, James Knott wrote:
> > 
> > Ping is there, but you have to be root to use it.
> 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 is root-only not because the actual ping function is a security
issue, but because you have to open a raw socket to send ICMP packets,
which *is* a security issue. Making ping suidroot is a reasonable
solution, but not when it's a link to busybox.

Steve Greenland
    The irony is that Bill Gates claims to be making a stable operating
    system and Linus Torvalds claims to be trying to take over the
    world.       -- seen on the net

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