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

From: James Sparenberg james at linuxrebel.org
Date: Wed Jan 2 09:46:50 EET 2008
On Sunday 30 December 2007 08:10:39 am Peter Flynn wrote:
> 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.
> ///Peter

Peter don't believe everything they tell you.  They tend to blow their 
fair share of sunshine *grin*  But seriously.  Even Debian has to run 
it setuid root.  As in order to ping you have to modify the nic's run 


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