Subject: Re: asking for the path to init.
To: Manuel Bouyer <>
From: Greywolf <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 09/18/1999 12:13:19
On Fri, 17 Sep 1999, Manuel Bouyer wrote:

# On Fri, Sep 17, 1999 at 01:13:07PM -0400, der Mouse wrote:
# > No...not the / filesystem, but rather any local filesystem (well, any
# > local filesystem that can be root - some local filesystem types have no
# > mountroot capability).  If the attacker can boot with the option to
# > prompt for init, the attacker can also specify arbitrary root device
# > and kernel names.  Given this plus attacker write access to any
# > filesystem the booter is willing to load the kernel from, the game is
# > lost before "path to init?" even matters.
# Not sure. Without devices nodes the game is harder.

As far as I know, the whole 'path to init' thing is for failure recovery
only, i.e. if you zorch your /sbin/init, you at least have the ability to
run from the one you saved (you *did* save init before you zorched it,

# --
# Manuel Bouyer, LIP6, Universite Paris VI. 
# --

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