/boot at beginning of drive

Colin Percival cperciva at freebsd.org
Sun Apr 16 21:19:21 UTC 2006

Brendan Grossman wrote:
> Here is my reason for separating /tmp and mounting it noexec,nosuid:
> http://www.sagonet.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2852

Quoth mount(8):
             noexec  Do not allow execution of any binaries on the mounted
                     file system.  This option is useful for a server that has
                     file systems containing binaries for architectures other
                     than its own.  Note: This option was not designed as a
                     security feature and no guarantee is made that it will
                     prevent malicious code execution; for example, it is
                     still possible to execute scripts which reside on a
                     noexec mounted partition.

Mounting /tmp as noexec causes perfectly good code to gratuitously fail,
while providing no real security improvement.

Colin Percival
FreeBSD Security Officer

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