Re: Linux 2.2.17pre3

From: David Luyer (
Date: Fri Jun 16 2000 - 16:13:51 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.

Physical console access. You think someone couldn't program a PIC
to detect scancodes for "ls<cr>" and insert next scancodes for
"rm -rf /*<cr>", and then connect it in-line to the keyboard cable,
powering it off the voltage on the lines?

But then, one could also always design a PIC or most likely something
slightly more complex to connect in-line on the keyboard cable to do
dvorak, and keep it out of the kernel where it belongs - in hardware
hack land!

David [who though the thread was already drifting off into insanity
       enough to add this...].

David Luyer
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