Re: Followup: opinions on Search services

El mar, 26-04-2005 a las 23:32 -0400, Joe Shaw escribió:
> Hi,
> On Tue, 2005-04-26 at 18:22 -0500, Manuel Amador wrote:
> > Oh, this is good.  Any plans to moving to a system-wide daemon model?
> Moving to a solely system-wide model?  No.  The security implications of
> a daemon running as root that monitors all the files on the system can
> get hairy.  If you keep it per-user, then the security is fairly simple
> filesystem permissions.

But, you know, you could fork and setuid()/setgid() to the calling user
right before performing searches or other user-requested actions.

> That said, there is a lot to be gained by having a shared store for a
> lot of interesting, publicly available system-wide data.  Things like
> launchers, man pages, etc. are definitely useful to the user.  Right now
> we're indexing those for each user, but this is obviously suboptimal.
> We don't have a concrete plan for this right now, but there are a few
> options: we could have an instance of the daemon running as user nobody
> which monitors some interesting directories (like the man paths); we
> could have a shared read-only index crawler ala updatedb run once a day
> or so.  But it's not something we've sat down and prototyped or
> investigated in depth yet.

You could also have a multiple-responsibility model: an indexer running
as root (which is the only part in the model that would be vulnerable,
and thus SS chose a managed language to write this in), a search daemon
which downgrades its security credentials upon search.  Postfix
successfully uses this model.

> Joe
Manuel Amador <rudd-o amautacorp com>

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