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From Paul McMahon <pmcma...@software.plasmon.com>
Subject Re: Servlet that needs ROOT access
Date Tue, 01 Aug 2006 13:00:13 GMT
I think I can limit a few of the ROOT actions required.

The servlet application needs to do things like mkfs, vgcfgrestore, vgchange, 
mount and umount.

On Tuesday 01 August 2006 13:46, Peter Crowther wrote:
> > From: Paul McMahon [mailto:pmcmahon@software.plasmon.com]
> > Is it possible to run Tomcat as non ROOT,
> > but have a servlet that needs ROOT access?
>
> No.
>
> > Or is the solution to have the servlet application code
> > running as a separate
> > daemon outside tomcat, with some form of comms to tomcat
> > servlet when tasks need to be done?
>
> That would be my preference if I were implementing this.  How much of
> your 'servlet application code' *actually* needs root access?  Can you
> partition into a small piece that does, and most that doesn't?
> Minimising your attack surface in this way would probably be useful.
>
> Can you give us any more information about what you're doing that
> requires root?  Does it *have* to require root, or can the requirement
> be reduced so that a non-root Tomcat can also do the same thing?  In one
> sense this opens up an alternative hole; in another, depending on what
> you're doing, that may be better than allowing unrestricted root access
> to all tasks.
>
> 		- Peter
>
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