Subject: Re: CVS commit: src/etc
To: Jim Wise <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Jaromir Dolecek <jdolecek@NetBSD.org>
Date: 04/07/2005 17:59:19
While we are at it, please rename the PF-specific spamd to pf-spamd or
similar. I'm annoyed to find /etc/spamd.conf after etcupdate or on new
On Wed, Apr 06, 2005 at 12:37:52PM -0400, Jim Wise wrote:
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> On Wed, 6 Apr 2005, Peter Postma wrote:
> >On Wed, Apr 06, 2005 at 11:20:58AM -0400, Jim Wise wrote:
> >> >Log Message:
> >> >Add _pflogd group.
> >> Is there any reason this group cannot be simply `pflogd'? We don't have
> >> any other groups with _ in their name...
> >The idea is to prefix new system-users/groups with an _, so that they are
> >in their own namespace.
> Really? Whose idea? Where was this discussed? What other groups have
> we ever introduced this way?
> Please change this group name to pflogd.
> >>> More generally, what does _pflogd have access to that prevents it from
> >> being subsumed into, e.g. `daemon'?
> >None. If pflogd(8) gets compromised then no-one can do anything with it
> >because _pflogd has no special privileges and no other program is using the
> >user/group. daemon, however, is used by other programs, so when one of
> >them gets compromised, the others might be easy/easier to compromise too.
> >This maybe sounds like OpenBSD paranoia, but I think it's reasonable to
> >follow this.
> If the goal is to ensure that someone who compromises pflogd does not
> get access to useful services, it should run as nobody or as daemon.
> I do _not_ think it makes sense to have one group per possible service a
> host might run -- if we go that, /etc/group will grow very long indeed.
> Let's not just cargo-cult over `security' practices when importing
> software, _please_.
> - --
> Jim Wise
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Jaromir Dolecek <jdolecek@NetBSD.org> http://www.NetBSD.cz/
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