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SubjectRe: [PATCH] remove sys_security
On Thu, Oct 17, 2002 at 07:50:16PM +0100, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> I've been auditing the LSM stuff a bit more..
> They have registered an implemented a syscall, sys_security
> that does nothing but switch into the individual modules
> based on the first argument, i.e. it's ioctl() switching
> on the security module instead of device node. Yuck.
> Patch below removes it (no intree users), maybe selinux/etc
> folks should send their actual syscall for review instead..

No, don't remove this!
Yes, it's a big switch, but what do you propose otherwise? SELinux
would need a _lot_ of different security calls, which would be fine, but
we don't want to force every security module to try to go through the
process of getting their own syscalls.

And other subsystems in the kernel do the same thing with their syscall,
like networking, so there is a past history of this usage.

Linus, please do not apply.


greg k-h
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