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Date: Sat, 13 Nov 2004 04:53:03 +0300
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: iSEC advisory about binfmt_elf

On Thu, Nov 11, 2004 at 03:40:30PM -0800, Anthony D. Urso wrote:
> I have a kernel mod here:
> ... that allows binaries requiring RAW or PACKET sockets to be setgid
> a configurable group instead of being setuid root.
> It might save you some effort.

Yes, thanks.  For traceroute, however, the solution is simpler.  We
need to move to Olaf Kirch's implementation of it:

For ping, yes, we might have to use something like your patches...
although I'd hate to have the Owl userland _require_ (rather than just
support) patched kernels.

> On Thu, Nov 11, 2004 at 08:58:26PM +0300, Solar Designer wrote:
> > Yes, this does reduce the impact.  Especially if you ensure there're
> > no SUID root binaries; on a default install of Owl (with tcb), it's
> > sufficient to do:
> > 
> > 	control ping wheelonly
> > 	control traceroute wheelonly
> > 
> > There're no other publicly-accessible SUID-roots by default.
> > 
> > (And we're planning to deal with at least traceroute before the next
> > release such that it won't require SUID root anymore.)

Alexander Peslyak <solar at>
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