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SubjectRe: ISA slot detection on PCI systems?
On Wed, 2 Jan 2002, Lionel Bouton wrote:

> > But this is not a bad reason. Allowing people to avoid running suid
> > programs is a *good* reason.
> Usually yes. But for a code that simply parses /dev/kmem content without
> taking args...
> Just took a quick look at dmidecode.c and auditing this code doesn't
> seem out of reach.

Exactly. And 90% of it can be ditched.

> What's the difference security-wise between running this code in kernel
> space and in a suid prog? Avoiding loading libraries?
> Frankly I don't see the point.

*shrug* about the same point as having a /proc/acpi/dsdt I'd guess.
(Which worked fine as a run-as-root program called acpidmp, but
for some reason someone thought it'd be good to dump in /proc)

| Dave Jones.
| SuSE Labs

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