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SubjectRe: Potential future capabilities hole!!
Followup to:  <>
By author: David Luyer <>
In newsgroup:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I just noticed that the kernel executes "modprobe" with _all_ capabilities
> > raised.
> You're seriously considering enabling module autoloading a secure system?
> (I don't enable modules, let alone autoloading!)

One should be able to do that. Of course, modprobe & co will then
have to reside in the trusted core, since they're effectively running
with kernel permissions (from a trust perspective, not a bug

Since modprobe needs to be able to install kernel code, there aren't
any permissions it *doesn't* have anyway...

"The user's computer downloads the ActiveX code and simulates a 'Blue
Screen' crash, a generally benign event most users are familiar with
and that would not necessarily arouse suspicions."
-- Security exploit description on

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