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SubjectRe: Subtle MM bug
On Wed, Jan 10, 2001 at 07:40:49PM +0000, Alan Cox wrote:
> > Of course not by default, it would be a new clone flag (with default to on in
> > linuxthreads though, to not cause security holes in ported programs like today)
>
> I've seen exactly nil cases where there are any security holes in apps caused
> by that pthreads api non adherance. There are also far too many overheads
> imposed by implementing something in kernel space that is nearly useless,
> not needed for any application 99.9999% of users (possibly 100%) have and can
> be done just as well in the pthreads library glue - where it will only be
> a penalty to pthread using apps.

I have not seen a good way to implement it in user space yet.

> Making everyone suffer for a bad standard corner case is bad. Especially when
> the 'security hole' is pure FUD
>
As the thread started it's not only only needed for pthreads, but also for NFS
and setuid (actually NFS already implements it privately), and probably other network
file systems too. So it's far from being only a "bad standard corner case".


-Andi
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