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Re: NMU'ing for wishlist bugs? (aka: intent to NMU bind9)



begin  Andres Salomon quote on Tue, Sep 10, 2002 at 03:14:48PM -0400:
> serious objections, I will NMU bind9.  It is embarrassing that we still,
> to this day, ship a bind9 package that runs as root by default
> (especially given bind's track record, wrt security).

As long as you're running it as non-root, do you make it chroot() also?
It's very easy to put bind9 in a chroot() jail, and can (and should) be
done by the package, with no change to configuration file locations, and
minimal changes elsewhere (you need to tell syslog to put log socket in
$bindchroot/etc/log, which admittedly sucks, but is not hard).

bind8 could also run as non-root, but the maintainer's viewpoint was
that it would confuse people who had interfaces that were transient.
User-friendyness wins over security yet again.

M

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