Insecure Memory Warning! ???.
Thu, 19 Oct 2000 14:26:14 +0200
On Wed, 18 Oct 2000, Frank Tobin wrote:
> Seriously, given the amount of times this is posted to this mailing list,
> this warning needs to disappear, or point the user to some relevant
It would be easy to do this, but some other folks would then assume
that the locking problem has been solved by other means and therefor
they don't get the warning anymore. Maybe another Linux version
decides that a session is allowed to lock a few K with user
priviliges. There used to be a patch for Linux somewhere which did
something like this.
OTOH all the folks who asked about this have never read our man page:
You want to know about bugs, right?
On many systems this program should be installed as
setuid(root). This is necessary to lock memory pages. Locking
memory pages prevents the operating system from writing
memory pages to disk. If you get no warning message about
insecure memory your operating system supports locking
without being root. The program drops root privileges as
soon as locked memory is allocated.
and greping for "secure" or "memory" takes you to
Suppress the warning about "using insecure memory".
If a distribution decides that this warning should not be there,
they are free to add this option to /usr/share/gnupg/options.skel.
Werner Koch GnuPG key: 621CC013
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