Known-exploit detection for the kernel
Posted Jan 6, 2014 3:03 UTC (Mon) by speedster1 (guest, #8143)
There shouldn't be much DoS potential for script kiddies to abuse if there were a reliable mechanism for automatic account-locking like tshow wanted.
On the other hand, count me among those who predict this feature will quickly become worked-around by all the popular exploit kits -- at least on any systems lacking admins who are big enough on security to be running custom kernels with generic uname info. Those admins who do tweak their uname and hide /boot /lib/modules are probably not the ones who the kernel devs need to worry about protecting from script kiddies (their custom kernels probably include grsecurity...)
Posted Jan 6, 2014 13:22 UTC (Mon) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
Posted Jan 7, 2014 2:59 UTC (Tue) by speedster1 (guest, #8143)
Posted Jan 8, 2014 16:38 UTC (Wed) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
The right thing to do in that situation is probably to halt mail delivery and just queue everything -- but your proposal would lock the entire account. An attacker that can determine what accounts exist (perhaps via said exploit) could then DoS-attack the entire system trivially.
(But, of course, if they can execute arbitrary code as one user they can probably do that anyway, in about a million ways, and probably get root too. So perhaps my concerns are unjustified. It might well elevate a failed breakin, via an exploit that doesn't actually work, to a partial DoS, but I'm finding it hard to be too worried about that.)
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