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SubjectRe: Security question: "Text file busy" overwriting executables but not shared libraries?
On Thu, 4 Oct 2001, Linus Torvalds wrote:

>Which is why the kernel only allows it when the binary loader itself
>sets the flag, because security-conscious application writers are
>already aware of the "oh, a running binary may not be writable" issues.

One of the methods I tried to use to stop a fork()-bomb was to zero the
executable in question to force it to crash. No such luck, reboot it was.
Not that I can think of any other useful application of said behavior.

George Greer,

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