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SubjectRe: TO HELL WITH IT THEN......(re: disk-destroyer.c)
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> To carry on the networking metaphor, imagine writing an app that tries to
> write() on a unconnected socket, and when you ran it as root it
> would cause your kernel to panick. Fixing this would not be considered an
> "added layer of protection against broken apps", it would be considered a
> bug fix. This is only different in that the interface is used less often,
> and misuse can cause more damage.
>

ahh, but you're fixing the end product (the kernel), so according to your
comparison, you should fix the disk drive and the power it gives.

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> Andre, do you have any idea how much space this will take up in the
> kernel? I have no idea how advanced the heuristics will have to be...
>
> > What it does not do is provide protection against malicious destruction of
> > a disk. To destroy the disk you need root before the patch and root after
> > the patch and that is it. The recent proliferation of rather complex
> > exploits of holes in programs shows that even problems that are hard to
> > exploit will be exploited. Using direct io to destroy the
> > bios/disk/whatnot with direct io is not beyond their reach I suspect.
>
> Yes, I totally agree
>
> Later,
> Ryan
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