Re: Log read permissions

Richard Gooch (rgooch@atnf.CSIRO.AU)
Thu, 30 Jan 1997 10:37:32 +1100

Chris Evans writes:
> I note that "normal" users have permission to read the kernel log buffer.
> I don't really see why the non-superuser should need access to these in
> any way.
> Not that anything particularly sensitive goes into these logs mind you..
> however I'm sure user joe doesn't care if my floppy driver module has been
> loaded/unloaded or that lp1 is out of paper/on fire etc :-)

I don't think this is a good idea. As an administrator, I don't want
to have to always log in as root just to see if something has gone
wrong. Another example of where a mere mortal may want to read the
kernel log is if they are at the console and want to check why the
floppy drive isn't working: the kernel message will tell them if the
driver is available (either built-in or a loadable module). Then they
can call the sysadmin and say either "the floppy driver isn't loaded"
or "the floppy has stopped working". Nice of them to save the sysadmin