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Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2011 09:37:51 +0300
From: Nikola Nikov <>
CC: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: DHCP client

I'm going to do it and write you back, if face any troubles.
I'll also write some comments when I make some testing and research.

Thank you,


On 4/17/2011 6:47 AM, Solar Designer wrote:
> Hi,
> Nikola - this might be a challenging task for you... or someone else may
> volunteer for it.
> We need a DHCP client with privilege separation.  Juan on our team did
> some work on this several years ago, but he never completed it and he is
> not going to.  Meanwhile, OpenBSD implemented privsep in their fork of
> ISC's dhclient, and this code got into FreeBSD and DragonFly BSD, but it
> has not yet been ported to Linux (as far as I'm aware).
> I think that we should either port OpenBSD's dhclient to Linux or port
> the relevant ones of their changes to ISC's portable DHCP suite.  In the
> former case, we'll have separate directory Owl/packages/dhclient/ in our
> native tree for the DHCP client.  In the latter case, we'll have more
> patches under Owl/packages/dhcp/ and we'll enable building of the DHCP
> client in dhcp.spec (which is currently disabled because of the lack of
> privsep).  Also, in the latter case we need to update to a newer
> upstream version (latest stable) of the DHCP suite first.
> I'd appreciate any comments.
> Alexander

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