Bug 2856 - Kernel Alt-sysrq functionality is _dangerous_
Summary: Kernel Alt-sysrq functionality is _dangerous_
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel
Version: 6.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Cristian Gafton
QA Contact:
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Reported: 1999-05-16 22:17 UTC by Chris Evans
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1999-08-31 22:19:12 UTC

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Description Chris Evans 1999-05-16 22:17:12 UTC

Before you punt this bug, let me give some background. It is
common, especially in academia, to give console access to
Linux workstations. It is also desirable for these machines
to be secure. This is often done by locking the machine the
keyboard/monitor is attached to, in a cupboard.

In RH5.2, all console "dangers" could be turned off, e.g.
ctrl-alt-del can be disabled in /etc/inittab

RH6.0 introduces 2 new console dangers; reboot/halt via gdm
and kernel alt-sysrq key.

The former may be disabled by editing /etc/X11/gdm/gdm.conf,
but the latter probably can't be turned off easily :-(

So I log this bug so the issue is known about.


Comment 1 Derek Tattersall 1999-05-20 15:38:59 UTC
Red Hat 6.0 ships with alt+sysreq key combination disabled.  Unless
you explicitly build a kernel with it enabled those keys do

The gdm problem is another matter however.

Comment 2 Michael K. Johnson 1999-05-25 18:42:59 UTC
Correction: alt-sysrq is not disabled in Red Hat Linux 6.0

We need to create a kernel patch that creates a sysconf variable
that controls whether alt-sysrq is enabled.  We need to coordinate
this with kernel folks, obviously...

Comment 3 Cristian Gafton 1999-06-16 15:25:59 UTC
Maybe Alan can take a look at this?

Comment 4 Bill Nottingham 1999-08-31 22:19:59 UTC
fixed in initscripts-4.34-1.

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