[Pkg-gnupg-maint] Bug#598471: Bug#598471: using insecure memory on GNU/kFreeBSD

Robert Millan rmh at debian.org
Sat Nov 13 13:58:29 UTC 2010

2010/11/13 Thijs Kinkhorst <thijs at debian.org>:
>>> Upstream recommends [2] setting the SUID bit and assures that "the
>>> program
>>> drops root privileges as soon as locked memory is allocated".
>> However it is much easier and more secure to enable encrypted swap
>> space than to use mlock.  It seems that gbde and the init scripts are
>> missing on GNU/kfreebsd.
> Robert, as I don't have knowledge of GNU/kFreeBSD, can you say whether the
> suggestion by Werner is indeed a better way to solve this problem?

I disagree.  This puts an additional burden on the user.  Adding SUID
bit doesn't seem like a security problem.  Gnupg drops privileges as
soon as it's not needed anymore, and upstream recommends this in
their FAQ.

(Yes I know Werner is upstream, but if it's still in the FAQ I assume he
doesn't consider it a bad option)

CC'ing debian-bsd

Robert Millan

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