Re: Linux 2.2.17pre3

From: Alan Cox (
Date: Fri Jun 16 2000 - 14:16:53 EST

> 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.

Not if the thing is passworded, or the machine is secured and various
other things.

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

I prefer to favour security here. I can see and know environments it matters.
I must admit it again makes me wonder if we should have a /proc/sys/kernel
entry for console security

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