perryh at perryh at
Sun Jun 29 05:29:35 UTC 2008

> [strato at darkstar /usr/home/strato]$ sudo sysctl kern.securelevel
> kern.securelevel: 2
> [strato at darkstar /usr/home/strato]$ kgdb
> kgdb: /dev/mem: Permission denied
> [strato at darkstar /usr/home/strato]$ sudo kgdb
> [GDB will not be able to debug user-mode threads: /usr/lib/ 
> Undefined symbol "ps_pglobal_lookup"]
> GNU gdb 6.1.1 [FreeBSD]
> I am running in securelevel 2. That means nithing can have direct
> access to /dev/mem, acording to man security:
> 1     Secure mode - ... /dev/mem and /dev/kmem may not be opened
>       for writing; ...
>  2    Highly secure mode - same as secure mode, plus disks may not
>       be opened for writing (except by mount(2)) whether mounted
>       or not ...
> So is this a bug 

I don't think so, because kgdb does not ordinarily need to open
/dev/kmem for writing.  Presumably you'd get an error if you tried
to patch the running kernel.

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