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    SubjectRe: PATCH: cdrecord: avoiding scsi device numbering for ide devices
    Alan Cox <> writes:

    >> Regarding the current 2.6.8 kernel, wouldn't it be a better idea to
    >> move the CAP_SYS_RAWIO check to open time instead of when the ioctl is
    >> called?
    > This leads to all sorts of bugs where descriptors owned by one process
    > are given to another less priviledged one.

    Yes, but that's a class of bugs that are pretty well understood these
    days; handing privileged FDs around is a moderately common and
    pleasantly fine-grained way of doing things. Closing an FD is at least
    as easy as dropping a capability, which is what you'd have to do
    with the current scheme upon entering unprivileged code.

    Besides, setuid CD-recording tools already have to worry about closing
    unsafe FDs when they drop privileges, so this doesn't seem to add any
    new security holes...


    Adam Sampson <> <>
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