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SubjectRe: [Bug 420] New: Divide by zero (/proc/sys/net/ipv4/neigh/DEV/base_reachable_time)
Andi Kleen wrote:
>
> "Martin J. Bligh" <mbligh@aracnet.com> writes:
> >
> > echo 0 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/neigh/DEV/base_reachable_time
> >
> > But neigh_rand_reach_time() divide by its argument.
> >
> > unsigned long neigh_rand_reach_time(unsigned long base)
> > {
> > return (net_random() % base) + (base>>1);
> > }
>
> Don't do that then. The sysctl is root-only. There are lots of ways to
> break the system by writing bogus values into root only configuration
> options. That is why they are root only
>
> I would close the report as WONTFIX.

Don't this argument bring to the weird equality:

root user == infallible guy

IMHO the "if you make a typo you crash the machine" should be avoided
(at least when feasible without drawbacks).

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