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Re: Do we care about /sbin /bin linked to /usr/lib ?

On Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 10:34:35AM -0500, Chris Adams wrote:
Once upon a time, Bill Crawford <billcrawford1970 gmail com> said:
Long term, I'll admit that getting rid of separate /usr may be a good idea, Solaris appears to have done away with it a while ago (which surprised me, since they used to make explicit provision for having shared /usr in their package management system).

I use a separate (but not shared) /usr on my servers, and I mount it
read-only.  My reasoning is that / has to be read-write still for some
things (root's home directory, /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow, etc.).  I
keep a small / that is read-write, but having a good chunk of the
installed stuff in /usr mounted read-only makes it a little "safer"
(i.e. an attacker would have to remount it to modify it, filesystem
corruption is unlikely on a read-only FS, etc.).

I'll mention in passing that OLPC is both extremely interested in (and
well on its way) to shipping something rather like a read-only / as part
of our security and update schemes. (The weasel words are due the fact
that, in our design, we chroot through a symlink tree at boot in order
to permit easy atomic OS updates and use both file-mounted tmpfsen and a
custom NSS module to deal with the small number of writes that still
must be permitted.) Anyway, suffice it to say that I'd enjoy hearing
more about your progress toward a read-only / as you make it.



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