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SubjectRe: 2.4.22-pre7: are security issues solved?
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On Wed, Jul 23, 2003 at 03:35:05AM -0700, David S. Miller wrote:
> On Wed, 23 Jul 2003 19:56:47 +1000
> Herbert Xu <herbert@gondor.apana.org.au> wrote:
>
> > Aschwin Marsman <a.marsman@aynik.com> wrote:
> > >
> > >> CAN-2003-0461: /proc/tty/driver/serial reveals the exact character counts
> > >> for serial links. This could be used by a local attacker to infer password
> > >> lengths and inter-keystroke timings during password entry.
> >
> > What's the problem with exposing those counters?
>
> If I know your password is 7 characters I have a smaller
> space of passwords to search to just brute-force it.

Yes but can't you do the same thing with /proc/interrupts or
/proc/net/dev? Why are we singling out the serial driver?
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