Re: make ping executable by normal users?
On Thu, Jun 2, 2016 at 2:33 PM, Santiago Vila <email@example.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 02, 2016 at 01:56:08PM -0800, Britton Kerin wrote:
>> On my old debian system I could ping as a normal user. The ping
>> binary had the suid bit set. Now I get:
>> $ ping www.google.com
>> ping: icmp open socket: Operation not permitted
>> 2 $
>> presumably because the bit isn't set.
>> What's the right fix? I could setuid it but then if I understand
>> correctly it might get changed back by an upgrade. Does it use
>> capabilites or something?
> Yes, it uses capabilities. The simple fix is to do this:
> dpkg-reconfigure iputils-ping
Well, that works, thanks. But I really don't get the overall behavior.
It says this:
root@debian:/home/bkerin# dpkg-reconfigure iputils-ping
Setcap worked! Ping(6) is not suid!
And then ping works for non-root users.
How, just by executing dpkg-reconfigure, did I tell it this is what
I wanted? If that's the default, why wasn't it that way to begin with?
More generally, is it somehow possible to still run debian without
capabilities? I hate them. The simple root-or-not security model
is much simpler and doesn't promise more than it can really
deliver. I'm sad to see capabilities now as the default.