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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.


    > 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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