syslogd(8) Dropping Privs
colin.percival at wadham.ox.ac.uk
Fri Jun 4 15:58:22 PDT 2004
At 20:53 04/06/2004, Crist J. Clark wrote:
>We haven't had many syslogd(8) vulnerabilities lately, but one
>less daemon running as root seems like a Good Thing. I do not
>see any drawbacks from a security point of view. The log files
>would have to be owned, or otherwise writeable, by this other
>user, but so what. Obviously, I may be missing something.
One consideration is that if syslogd is not running as root,
it will no longer be able to write to a filesystem which is
On systems where non-root users can write to the filesystem
containing /var/log (and are not limited by quotas) this would
allow non-root users to disable logging, which would probably
be a Bad Thing.
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