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Tainting from user space

Tainting from user space

Posted May 25, 2006 2:29 UTC (Thu) by pzb (guest, #656)
Parent article: Tainting from user space

I know that SUSE has used a couple of extra taint flags, 'U' and maybe 'X'. These have been in there since at least SuSE Linux 9.x.


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Tainting from user space

Posted May 25, 2006 3:25 UTC (Thu) by sbishop (guest, #33061) [Link]

Yes, I've seen this. Loading a (GPLed) kernel module, that I'd written, on a SUSE 9.3 box produced a "kernel tainted" message in the system logs, which confused me at first. If you Google for this, you'll see that this is a bit of a FAQ. Here's a link to the SUSE docs which describe the different flags:

http://www.suse.de/~agruen/kernel-doc/

They even use the same sysfs path (/proc/sys/kernel/tainted) that Ted's patch does, apparently.

Tainting from user space

Posted Feb 16, 2007 20:55 UTC (Fri) by proski (subscriber, #104) [Link]

That would be a taint flag indicating that although you are using free software, Microsoft didn't promise not to sue you over patents. That's a taint flag some people would display proudly :)


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