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Re: non-root ntpd

On 29 June 2017 at 10:02, Roy Marples <> wrote:
> On 29/06/2017 02:06, Taylor R Campbell wrote:
>>> we've been able to run ntpd as non-root for a while. this is not the
>>> default if you innocently ntpd=yes in rc.conf. it requires
>>> /dev/clockctl, and most things have it, even one of the sun2 kernels.
>>> can I change this to become the default, for better default security?
>> There's one complication: if your IP address ever changes, then ntpd
>> must be restarted.  So it requires a little wiring with, e.g.,
>> ifwatchd.  I do this on all my machines, but it is a bit of trouble.
>> Ideally we ought to find some way to make it work unprivileged out of
>> the box with no trouble, perhaps by always running ifwatchd in tandem,
>> or perhaps with an easily audited ntpd-specific supervisor process.
> I could modify /libexec/dhcpcd-hooks/50-ntp.conf to restart ntpd if the
> IP address changes if that helps your use-case.
> However it's a waste of resource if ntpd is running as root as it can
> use the new address itself without restarting.

How about a commented out version being added to 50-ntp.conf?

Or make the default 'ntp as not root' and add the entry to
50-ntp.conf, plus document for people who want to run ntp as root how
to adjust rc.conf and 50-ntp.conf.


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