Dash as default shell

Rahul Sundaram metherid at gmail.com
Thu Oct 2 02:39:04 UTC 2014


Is it worth considering using Dash as the default (non-interactive) shell
in Fedora?  Other distributions including Ubuntu and Debian (
https://lwn.net/Articles/343924/) have been using dash as the default shell
and Android uses mksh.  While this appears to have been done primary to
increase bootup efficiency (which is not relevant with systemd), it might
help with security

Since the recent Shellshock aka Bashdoor vulnerability, there have been
some discussions about more distributions switching over (
http://lwn.net/SubscriberLink/614218/019d9a52b0eaae3d/) and I was wondering
whether it is worth considering for Fedora?  FWIW, both dash and mksh is
already packaged in Fedora.

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