Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 171604
mDNSResponder runs as "nobody"
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:15 EST
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Description of problem:
The mDNSResponder process runs as "nobody". This seems like a bug.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
No, this is not a bug - the mDNSResponder is intentionally run as 'nobody'
in the initscript, to ensure it has non-root privileges.
There are no problems caused by it running as 'nobody' .
This bug was more "why doesn't it have it's own username" than "is it meant to
run as nobody", sorry if I wasn't more clear.
For example, postfix, bind, httpd, etc etc all run with their own uid.
Say somebody writes a simple daemon, and sees the nobody account. "I'll use
that", they think. Now the daemon and the nobody account have permissions on
each others data.
Why doesn't mDNSResponder follow the behaviour of the other packages?