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Date:      Tue, 27 Jul 1999 11:53:41 -0600
From:      Nate Williams <nate@mt.sri.com>
To:        Achim Patzner <ap@bnc.net>
Cc:        Nate Williams <nate@mt.sri.com>, Julian Elischer <julian@whistle.com>, "Brian F. Feldman" <green@FreeBSD.ORG>, Matthew Dillon <dillon@apollo.backplane.com>, Joe Greco <jgreco@ns.sol.net>, hackers@FreeBSD.ORG, freebsd-ipfw@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: securelevel and ipfw zero
Message-ID:  <199907271753.LAA26248@mt.sri.com>
In-Reply-To: <19990727194245.L58970@bnc.net>
References:  <Pine.BSF.4.10.9907262322120.35843-100000@janus.syracuse.net> <Pine.BSF.3.95.990726204047.28343P-100000@current1.whistle.com> <199907271715.LAA25892@mt.sri.com> <19990727194245.L58970@bnc.net>

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> > (Another thing I just thought of is that this could cause DoS attacks on
> > the system if a user compromised root and then set the limit to a very
> > high number.)
> 
> If you have someone going berzerk as "root" on a firewall you're definitely
> going to have a completely different set of headaches. Why should someone
> start DoS attacks after capturing a firewall? It's like painting the
> fingernails before amputating the hand.

So it was a bad example.  If I had enough brain cells to boil a cup of
water for my soup I'd be able to come up with more 'viable' issues where
modifying the counters is a bad thing. :)


Nate


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