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SubjectRe: Capabilities done right [diff against 2.3.1]


On Sun, 16 May 1999, Albert D. Cahalan wrote:
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> You want to allow shellscripts with special powers?!?!?

I may want to _strip_ shellscripts of power.

The ELF notes way doesn't allow that.

I may want to give special power to certain Javascripts (assuming I'd ever
trust the java engine itself). I do _not_ consider it acceptable to give
all powers to the java interpreter in general, but I _do_ consider it
acceptable to give special capabilities to certain scripts.

The ELF notes way doesn't allow that.

I may have anoter safe scripting language. Perl comes to mind. And I may
want to have scripts that have special privileges, installed to do system
administration.

The ELF notes way doesn't allow that.

Do you start to see a pattern here now? It's not about ELF. It's about
everything ELSE. It's about doing something right, and not getting stuck
with a bad decision forever.

Linus


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