Re: Proposal: restrict link(2)

Diego Basch (
Tue, 17 Dec 1996 00:13:39 -0300 (ARST)

> If you think it's that easy and necessary, then do it yourself. You've
> got the kernel source, after all. I myself happen to think there's no
> good reason to change the behavior of link() in a way that makes it
> incompatible with other UNIX systems, or to make any such change part of
> a distribution Linux kernel.

Well, I've been reading this discussion and would like to state my (very
humble) opinion:
I think that the suggested patch should exist. I'm not sure about having it
in the mainstream kernel. I'm not kernel-knowledgeable enough to know if
there are already any options that deliberatedly break compatibility with other UN*X, but it doesn't sound like the right thing.

Of course, anyone should feel free to apply whatever patches he/she wants. But
as Linux becomes more and more popular, the .config options grow and grow,
maybe making the compiling process a little confusing. I think the kernel
documentation might include some weird patches, with BIG "do it at your risk"
warnings. I believe this is particularly important when addressing an issue as
sensitive as security. Compatibility/security tradeoff? I wouldn't use the
patch, but it wouldn't hurt to know that it exists and where to find it just in case.

But I wouldn't like going through lots of options for perhaps two users among

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Just my $0.00002, Diego.

Diego M. Basch
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