Subject: Re: Another changer, another changer problem
To: NetBSD-current Discussion List <>
From: Curt Sampson <>
List: current-users
Date: 10/08/1998 19:44:11
On Thu, 8 Oct 1998, Greg A. Woods wrote:

> Unless you prevent root from killing processes then a rogue root's going
> to be able to emulate single user mode anyway -- the only difference is
> they'll have to crack the securelevel settings to get very far.

And just how do they do that?

> So long
> as the only way to change securelevel is to raise it (which is the only
> sane way it can be implemented safely) then the rogue root still has to
> go through a reboot() call....

Well, when you make that change to NetBSD, let me know. At this
time, init can lower the securelevel.

> See?  My console reassignment trick hasn't thwarted you in the least...

Not on your imaginary NetBSD system, no. Unfortunately, it has on
the system on downloaded from

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