On Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 06:03:59PM +0200, Iustin Pop wrote: > On Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 04:11:49PM +0100, Roger Leigh wrote: > > Hi folks, > > > > Fedora has moved to having /var/lock (now /run/lock) owned by > > root:lock 0775 rather than root:root 01777. This has the advantage > > of making a system directory writable only by root or setgid lock > > programs, rather than the whole world. However, due to the > > potential for privilege escalation¹² it may be desirable to adopt > > what has been done subsequently in Fedora: > > /var/lock root:root 0755 > > /var/lock/lockdev root:lock 0775 > > /var/lock/subsys root:root 0755 > > If /var/lock won't be 1777 anymore, where should then applications store > application-specific lock files (e.g. synchronisation between daemons) > if they can't/won't run as setgid lock? > > Is the intention that the init script creates a /var/lock/$NAME > directory, chgrp's it to the right GIDs and only then start the daemons? I'll have to inspect what Fedora is doing more closely to give you a definitive answer. If you always start the daemon as root, it can continue to use /var/lock without trouble if it does its file handling before changing to a less privileged user. Creating a daemon-specific subdirectory is also fine, though you could nowadays also use /run/<daemon> for daemon- specific things, including locks. Or even /var/lib/<daemon> if they should persist. In some respects, /var/lock is a bit of an anachronism; /var/run exists for pidfiles, and actual UUCP-style lockfiles are badly broken--we should be moving to direct device locks. If it's a daemon-specific lock, rather than one with system-wide effects such as device locking, it probably doesn't belong under /var/lock. If we eliminate device locking using lockfiles, what's left to go under /var/lock? [I don't always agree with Lennart Poettering, but his views on /var/lock and device lockfiles being obsolete are, I think, entirely correct.] Regards, Roger -- .''`. Roger Leigh : :' : Debian GNU/Linux http://people.debian.org/~rleigh/ `. `' Printing on GNU/Linux? http://gutenprint.sourceforge.net/ `- GPG Public Key: 0x25BFB848 Please GPG sign your mail.
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