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Re: Bug#520668: TCP SYN cookies and Bug #520668

On Sat, Feb 13, 2010 at 04:08:48PM +0100, Bastian Blank wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 12:42:09AM +1100, Craig Small wrote:
> You forgot to mail the maintainer of the package you change the
> configuration for. There are several packages now who applies various
> changes and this are all global parameters.
I guess you mean the kernel here when you say "the package you change
the configuration for.

> Also you forget to mention my "no" as kernel maintainer.
You didn't give any specifics. One person saying no is not too useful,
if you said "no, because [....]" then that's new information.

Julien Cristau's comment that if it should be changed, it should be
changed in the kernel is interesting.

Let's assume that there was a consensus that TCP SYN cookies should be
enabled. Would the Linux kernel maintainers make that change? Is this
something you already do?

I'd like to know this in the general sense so the next "can you add
sysctl key XYZ" bug if it should be a kernel default it can get
re-assigned to the kernel.  sysctl keys you MAY want on but are
commented out I'll still keep but if someone wants to change the default
setting in the kernel, should it be decided in the kernel package?

I know this is a side issue, but it's still important.

 - Craig

Craig Small      GnuPG:1C1B D893 1418 2AF4 45EE  95CB C76C E5AC 12CA DFA5
http://www.enc.com.au/                             csmall at : enc.com.au
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