This is the mail archive of the mailing list for the Cygwin project.

Index Nav: [Date Index] [Subject Index] [Author Index] [Thread Index]
Message Nav: [Date Prev] [Date Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next]

Re: Simple chroot using chdrive

On Fri, 28 Nov 1997 wrote:

> Hi Alex, you wrote:
> : What exactly does chdrive do?  Chroot, changes the location of / to
> : whatever _directory_ you choose, which could be on any drive in theory.
> Chdrive simply sets the drive letter, which is reversible.
> It does not restrict access since you can always specify a filename
> including a drive letter (or UNC equivalent).
> Chroot under unix is a major security issue, since it is *not* reversible,
> and prevents access to any file or device above given directory for the
> process once called and all it's newly forked childs, even for root,
> in any case e.g. loading system shared libraries.
> I guess almost every public FTP server uses this feature!

While it may be a security issue, or flawed in many respects, this is how
Unix works.  If the goal of cygwin.dll is to emulate Unixish functions,
chdrive isn't what is being looked for.  Chroot() incidentally can only 
be used by the super-user. For instance fork() or select() vs it's Win32

- alex

For help on using this list (especially unsubscribing), send a message to
"" with one line of text: "help".

Index Nav: [Date Index] [Subject Index] [Author Index] [Thread Index]
Message Nav: [Date Prev] [Date Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next]