Re: Linux 2.2.17pre3

From: Andries Brouwer (
Date: Fri Jun 16 2000 - 13:33:05 EST

On Fri, Jun 16, 2000 at 06:31:33PM +0100, Alan Cox wrote:

> o Require root for keymap reloading (Stephen Thorne)

Yes. I also saw this post and wondered whether I agreed.

Requiring root throws away some useful features.
Users no longer can load a dvorak keyboard, interchange
control and capslock, bind often-used strings to function keys.

On the other hand, yes, if one is at the console then
one can bind "rm *" to the space bar. Is that a problem?
If one is at the console then one can also boot from floppy
and do whatever one desires.

So, I think this is killing a useful feature and not gaining
anything at all security-wise.

A different matter is that one might wish to teach login or getty
or init or so to reset the console to some well-known initial settings.


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