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RCU and Unloadable Modules

RCU and Unloadable Modules

Posted Jan 26, 2007 21:47 UTC (Fri) by ortalo (subscriber, #4654)
In reply to: RCU and Unloadable Modules by PaulMcKenney
Parent article: RCU and Unloadable Modules

IIRC I posted the comment erroneously (I wanted to post it on the previous article: "KHB: Recovering Device Drivers: From Sandboxing to Surviving").
Anyway, my idea was that regular device drivers modules are usually associated with hardware management and loaded according to some hardware-related event (possibly kernel-controlled in the first place). So you can build something where such kernel code could be trusted, even if loaded dynamically.
However, with a security orientation, one usually try to refrain from using admnistrator-loadable modules in order to avoid that a successful attack enables the attacker to install kernel level backdoors (nearly impossible to detect).

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