lists  /  announce  owl-users  owl-dev  john-users  john-dev  passwdqc-users  yescrypt  popa3d-users  /  oss-security  kernel-hardening  musl  sabotage  tlsify  passwords  /  crypt-dev  xvendor  /  Bugtraq  Full-Disclosure  linux-kernel  linux-netdev  linux-ext4  PHC 
Open Source and information security mailing list archives
Hash Suite: Windows password security audit tool. GUI, reports in PDF.
[<prev] [next>] [<thread-prev] [thread-next>] [day] [month] [year] [list]
Date:	Mon, 2 Jun 2008 11:41:16 -0400
From:	Bill Fink <>
To:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] net: add ability to clear stats via ethtool -

On Sun, 01 Jun 2008, David Miller wrote:

> From: Bill Fink <>
> Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2008 16:46:14 -0400
> > Another issue that occurred to me is if multiple people are working
> > on troubleshooting a network problem, how do we insure that they all
> > get a consistent view of the stats?
> Some of them definitely won't get a consistent view if one of them
> triggers this undesirable statistic clearing knob.

The typical case I was referring to is for example when I am assisting
someone else with troubleshooting.  This is coordinated with the system
admin, who would usually be the one to clear/snapshot the stats.  This
cannot be done by a normal user as it requires root privileges.  BTW
I'm also not clear why running "ethtool -S" requires root privileges,
as it would be more convenient if a normal user could do this (currently
I have to be given sudo access).

This is a useful mechanism for many, many people.  Bottom line I don't
really care if it's done in the kernel or in user space, but it should
be possible using the standard "ethtool -S" command, and I have raised
at least a couple of issues with modifying the ethtool command to
support this (but which wouldn't be an issue if implemented in the

To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe netdev" in
the body of a message to
More majordomo info at

Powered by blists - more mailing lists