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Re: Login chroots

daemon@ATHENA.MIT.EDU (Jonathan Reed)
Fri Oct 9 12:37:13 2009

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From: Jonathan Reed <jdreed@MIT.EDU>
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On Oct 9, 2009, at 12:34 PM, ghudson@MIT.EDU wrote:

> (Summarizing a zephyr conversation this morning.)
> LVM-based login chroots do four things:
> 1. Reduce the likelihood that a user's login activities will affect
> the reusability of the machine.
> 2. Allow a user's login activities to include becoming root and
> mucking around with the system (e.g. adding packages).
> 3. Allow the system's real root to take package updates without
> affecting the user login session.
> 4. Slow everything down, particularly the process of logging in.
> Login chroots have already been disabled on quickstations because of
> (4).

FYI, this change is currently in -proposed, and probably won't be  
pushed out until early next week.


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