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Re: Privileged Port Puzzle

On 11-Mar-05, 06:40 (CST), Juergen Salk <juergen.salk@gmx.de> wrote: 
> Most services (like apache, e.g.) follow a different approach:
> They have to be run by root initially, and drop privileges as 
> soon as they have done binding their privileged ports. However, 
> this is obviously not the way imagectn is supposed to work. 

Uh, why not? 

> What would be the most appropriate way to cope with this problem
> in Debian?

If (uid==0) {
	bind to specified port;
	setuid("imagectn"); /* or "nobody" */
} else {
	bind to specified non-privileged port OR fail;
	/* Keep running as current user */


Steve Greenland
    The irony is that Bill Gates claims to be making a stable operating
    system and Linus Torvalds claims to be trying to take over the
    world.       -- seen on the net

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