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SubjectRe: Linux Kernel Audit Project?
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Adrian Bunk wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 17, 2005 at 02:47:32AM -0500, John Richard Moser wrote:
>

[...]

>
> What exactly do you want to audit for?
>

Security holes

> If it's only for "ordinary" bugs, that's simply not feasible.
> The amount of patches going into 2.6 is currently at about 3 MB every
> week. You can hardly keep up with all of that - and even if you were
> able to do so, some theoretically correct patch might break in practice
> due to hardware bugs or bugs in some toolchain.
>

Understood.

> Regarding security audits:
> They aren't a bad idea, and not bound to new patches - much legacy code
> in the kernel has for sure more bugs than new code. The linus-kernel way
> for such a project is not to scream "We need SOMETHING" - the
> linux-kernel way is that you start with the work to get the ball rolling
> (and if other people are interested to work in the same area, give them
> some guidance).
>

I'm nowhere near being able to actually do a security audit. I
understand what an audit is, I understand what causes vulnerabilities,
but I'd probably only be able to see the most obvious things (like
strcpy(a,"Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa") into a[4]).
If I had a few more years of experience, college out of the way, a good
job, and had some of my other projects moving along, maybe. . . .

> cu
> Adrian
>

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