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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Capabilities, this time in elf section
Least astonishment in this case would mean that the binary has the
capabilities available to its EUID. In the case of a SUID binary
the EUID is the UID of the owner of the binary.

This is the reason for SUID binaries.

Non-SUID binaries get their EUID from the UID of the user
running the binary. So they can only have capabilities that
are available to that user.

If a binary requires a capability to run to do its job
then it either needs to be run by a user that has that
capability or it needs to be SUID to a user that does.

SUID binaries should _still_ be rare, but since they
will not all be SUID-root the potential security
risk will be reduced.

Daniel Taylor

On Fri, 9 Apr 1999, Jonathan Walther wrote:

> On Fri, 9 Apr 1999, Daniel Taylor wrote:
> > Exactly.
> > Non-SUID binary, & capabilities with user,
> > SUID binary, own capabilities.
> I disagree. if you suid to some other user, then they become the effective
> user, so the effective capabilities should become and & of THAT users
> capabilities and the binaries capabilities, and not those of the invoker.
> Doesn't anyone believe in the principle of least astonishment? :-(
> Jonathan Walther
> Digital Video Broadcasting Systems
> (requires netscape)

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