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SubjectRe: Capabilities done right [diff against 2.3.1]
On Tue, 18 May 1999, Horst von Brand wrote:
> Pavel Machek <> said:
> > Linus Torvalds on Sat, May 15, 1999 at 11:41:16PM -0700 said:
> > > > You want to allow shellscripts with special powers?!?!?
> > > I may want to _strip_ shellscripts of power.
> > Ok, that's legitimate. In such case , we'll have to modify shell to
> > understand something like --drop, so that beggining of shell would
> > look like
> > #!/bin/bash --drop NET_BIND_SERVICE
> Great. Now the default shell is all-powerful.
Right now if an all powerful person calls a script that script is all
powerful also. That is probably going to last for some time.
I have that configurable via SECURE_STRICT_FX .
Presently setting the "strict fx" securebit would render your machine
quite unusable. none of your shell scripts would have any caps whatsoever
and you depend on shell scripts a lot.

I also would advocate that shell builtins should be sufficient for
dropping and controling of caps in shell scripts.

Any caps I mention are *derived* from a withdrawn draft posix document.
See for more info.

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