[systemd-devel] PrivateDevices with more than basic set of devices?

Simon McVittie simon.mcvittie at collabora.co.uk
Mon Jan 26 04:41:04 PST 2015

On 24/01/15 10:09, Topi Miettinen wrote:
> For example, smartd only needs access to /dev/sd*.

Let me spell that differently: smartd "only" needs the ability to make
arbitrary filesystem changes, defeating any possible configurable
security mechanism.

If you give it access to /dev/sd* but not to other devices, what
security or safety have you actually gained, compared with giving it all
of /dev?

Admittedly, there are better examples, like saned only needing access to
USB scanners (plus SCSI scanners, serial ports and parallel ports if you
care about older hardware). I suspect device permissions are a rather
better answer for finer-grained access control than "all or nothing",


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