Re: a problem with linux 2.6.11 and sa

From: Nix
Date: Wed Mar 09 2005 - 08:09:12 EST

On Tue, 8 Mar 2005, George Georgalis announced authoritatively:
> Here's what I'm doing that is broken. I use tcpserver (functionally
> similar to inetd) to receive an incoming smtp connection. While the
> smtp session is still open, the message is piped to a temp file which
> is then scanned for spam, if it passes the temp file is piped to my

Both of these sound like redirection, not piping.

>>(I don't see what you mean by `a pipe rom /proc/kmsg', though:
>>pipes connect processes, not files. File redirections are
>>quite different and should work unchanged in 2.6.11.)
> An interesting technique that allows a program (such as a log writer)
> to run as an unprivileged user, while receiving privileged data. (taken
> almost verbatim from Gerrit Pape's socklog)
> #!/bin/sh
> exec </proc/kmsg
> exec 2>&1
> exec softlimit -m 2000000 setuidgid nobody socklog ucspi
> This script, run by root takes its stdin from /proc/kmsg then combines
> its stdout and stderr, and exec-switches to the socklog program run
> as an ucspi application listening to the domain stream socket, as
> nobody:nogroup, with memory consumption limited to 2Mb. (and sends
> log to stdout)

This is definitely redirection, not piping. As far as I know the
implementation of redirection in the kernel remains unchanged: certainly
the need to buffer piped data doesn't exist in this case, and since the
redesign was of the buffering, this is probably not your problem :)

> It worked flawlessly until several kernel revs back when the kernel
> started protecting kmsg and wouldn't allow the user program to receive
> it,


> result: nothing sent to the logging program and no error. The fix
> was to run socklog as root instead of nobody.

You should be able to open it as root and read from it as another user:
i.e., your technique above shouldn't break. (I'd hope.)

> ...Hires Root Beer...
What we need these days is a stable, fast, anti-aliased root beer
with dynamic shading. Not that you can let just anybody have root.
--- John M. Ford
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