[PD-dev] DesireData's ./configure

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at eds.org
Wed Nov 22 22:43:25 CET 2006

On Nov 22, 2006, at 3:37 PM, Frank Barknecht wrote:

> Hallo,
> Mathieu Bouchard hat gesagt: // Mathieu Bouchard wrote:
>>  * I removed the setuid feature because Pd isn't a proper setuid  
>> app, as
>>    it doesn't make any checks to prevent the user from abusing the  
>> access
>>    it gets. I don't see why anyone should use this feature. Login  
>> as root
>>    if you want to login as root.
> Good idea: I would even suggest that this feature is dropped from
> Miller's Pd as well (on Linux at least, I don't know other OSses
> anymore) as there now are much better mechanisms to alleviate priority
> than running as root, especially the PAM-rtlimits approach. I don't
> run a setuid-root Pd binary for months now.

Yes, sounds like its time to ditch this.

> However I have believed that Pd *does* drop root priviledges after it
> has changed its priority. Have I been fooled?

When I last checked, it stayed running as root on GNU/Linux.



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