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    SubjectRe: One for the Security Guru's
    Ville Herva <> writes:

    > On Wed, Oct 23, 2002 at 11:15:14PM +0100, you [James Stevenson] wrote:
    > >
    > > As to load a module you must be root and if you are root you
    > > can read / write disks. Thus you could recompile your own kernel
    > > install it try to force a crash or a reboot which is not hard as root
    > > and the person may not even notice that the kernel has grown by a few
    > > bytes after the crash.
    > Which is why some people configure kernels not to support installing modules
    > and only use read-only media (e.g. CD-R) for booting. Sure, there's still
    > the /dev/kmem hole, but this closes 2 classes of attacks - loading rootkit
    > module and booting with a hacked kernel in straight-forward way.
    > BTW, this might be a reason to make kexec syscall to be a config option (if
    > it isn't already.)

    It already is a config option.

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