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SubjectRe: strace security <feature>
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Alan Cox writes ("Re: strace security <feature>"):
> > It is possible for an ordinary user to use `strace` (which by default
> > runs SUID-root), to copy a password file to /etc.
>
> strace is not meant to be installed setuid root.

That's not entirely true - see the 'setuid installation' section of
the manpage. If you've ever needed to trace a setuid program, it's
obvious why this feature exists. The manpage does give a clear
explanation of the security implications, so the 'bug' is still an
installation error.

Peter

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