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Re: [Qemu-devel] remark about http://www.freeoszoo.org

From: Paul Brook
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] remark about http://www.freeoszoo.org
Date: Mon, 4 Oct 2004 12:43:42 +0100
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On Monday 04 October 2004 12:29, Lennert Buytenhek wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 04, 2004 at 02:50:31AM -0400, Karl Magdsick wrote:
> > Free OS Zoo suggests using dd with the seek= option in the _specific_
> > case of Linux, which appears to be safe.  My comment was explicitly a
> > note of caution in the _general_ case.
> Yep.  As well as:
>  "[...] the image will likely contain parts of deleted files from
>  the host OS."
> Just curious, do you have an example of any such system where this
> would be the case?  I don't know of any system that doesn't support
> sparse files and doesn't pad out the file with zeroes if you
> truncate(2) it to be bigger.

I'm fairly sure any half-sane OS will zero the "sparse" bits of a file on 
allocation. IIRC even Windows NT does zero the sparse bits of a file.
Failure to do so would be a rather large security hole, effectively allowing 
unprivileged users to read privileged data.

IMHO the original post is unjustified paranoia, rather than reasonable 


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