Sysctls and privacy

Adam Vande More amvandemore at
Mon Oct 15 02:06:37 UTC 2012

On Sun, Oct 14, 2012 at 8:33 PM, <schultz at> wrote:

>> Here is the catch. I know I can read-only mount most static filesystems
> from a template. However, the mutable ones have to be copied.

Says who?  Is this your requirement?  Why?

> Because someone might know the program memory, cpu or network usage
> patterns
> and extrapolate from the data. Firefox is a good example because it
> eats up huge amounts of RAM and garbage collects it quite fast. So when
> that pattern shows up you know someone is probably using Firefox.
> This, of course, also applies to other programs.

If this is really a serious concern of yours, you have much bigger fish to
fry than sysctl(8).

Adam Vande More

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