Re: Linux 2.2.17pre3

From: Rogier Wolff (
Date: Sat Jun 17 2000 - 03:21:34 EST

Alan Cox wrote:
> > 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

The kernel should require "appropriate privileges" for every
potentially dangerous operation.

If YOUR INSTALLATION allows normal users to load keymaps, just make
the "install a keymap" program setuid-root.


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