Re: [PATCH] set*uid() must not fail-and-return on OOM/rlimits

From: Solar Designer
Date: Sun Aug 20 2006 - 20:47:11 EST

On Mon, Aug 21, 2006 at 10:23:35AM +1000, Peter Williams wrote:
> How about going ahead with the uid change (if the current user is root)
> BUT still return -EAGAIN. That way programs that ignore the return
> value will at least no longer have root privileges.

That's bad. It will break legitimate programs that assume that the
UID switch has failed if set*uid() indicates so with its return value.

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