Re: another kconfig target for building monolithic kernel (for security) ?

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On 29 Apr 2006, Arjan van de Ven prattled cheerily:
> On Sat, 2006-04-29 at 12:43 -0400, Dave Jones wrote:
>> On Sat, Apr 29, 2006 at 03:03:55PM +0200, [email protected] wrote:
>>  > i want to harden a linux system (dedicated root server on the internet) by recompiling the kernel without support for lkm (to prevent installation of lkm based rootkits etc)
>> Loading modules via /dev/kmem is trivial thanks to a bunch of tutorials and
>> examples on the web, so this alone doesn't make life that much more difficult for attackers.
> /dev/kmem should be a config option too though

Yeah, but in practice this should work (somewhat old patch, should still

diff -durN 2.6.14-seal-orig/include/linux/capability.h 2.6.14-seal/include/linux/capability.h
--- 2.6.14-seal-orig/include/linux/capability.h	2005-10-29 15:15:00.000000000 +0100
+++ 2.6.14-seal/include/linux/capability.h	2005-10-29 15:25:48.000000000 +0100
@@ -311,7 +311,7 @@
 #define CAP_EMPTY_SET       to_cap_t(0)
 #define CAP_FULL_SET        to_cap_t(~0)
-#define CAP_INIT_EFF_SET    to_cap_t(~0 & ~CAP_TO_MASK(CAP_SETPCAP))
 #define CAP_INIT_INH_SET    to_cap_t(0)
 #define CAP_TO_MASK(x) (1 << (x))

> (and /dev/mem should get the filter patch that fedora has ;-) 


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