cvs commit: src/sys/kern kern_prot.c

Robert Watson rwatson at
Sun Sep 14 10:09:54 PDT 2003

On Sun, 14 Sep 2003, Dag-Erling Smørgrav wrote:

> Robert Watson <rwatson at> writes:
> > That said, to be frank, no, I'm not sure I want to do this.  But I also
> > want to make sure we don't break important applications.
> What about important applications that rely on the fact that
> unprivileged users can't send SIGALRM to privileged processes?  That
> used to be the case for ping(8) (though I don't think it is any more),
> and there may be others.  Shouldn't we err on the side of caution? 

Well, until 5.x, this limit didn't exist, so right now I think this is
still a question of "how conservative to we want to be relative to the
status quo".  I agree in principle, but we should get the Diablo port
(software?) fixed first.

Robert N M Watson             FreeBSD Core Team, TrustedBSD Projects
robert at      Network Associates Laboratories

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