F15 ping must run as root?

Panu Matilainen pmatilai at laiskiainen.org
Mon Mar 14 15:23:38 UTC 2011

On 03/14/2011 01:49 PM, Jon Stanley wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 7:40 AM, Joachim Backes
> <joachim.backes at rhrk.uni-kl.de>  wrote:
>> I saw that in F15 ping must be started with root rights, otherwhise I get:
>> ping: icmp open socket: Operation not permitted
> Ping has *always* needed root privs, it generally gets them by being
> suid root. Don't have an F15 box here handy to look, but I'm
> suspecting that either it somehow isn't suid root, or something else
> is preventing suid from working (no suid mount option? SELinux?)

In F15, capabilities are used instead of suid root (see 

[pmatilai at turre ~]$ ls -l /bin/ping
-rwxr-xr-x. 1 root root 40840 Feb  9 18:00 /bin/ping
[pmatilai at turre ~]$ getcap /bin/ping
/bin/ping = cap_net_raw+ep

As for the actual problem: are you using a custom-built kernel? That's 
one possible reason for lacking capability support.

	- Panu -

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