$ ls -l /bin/ping -rwsr-xr-x 1 root root 34740 Nov 5 2012 /bin/ping
I wonder, why doesn't Ubuntu use capabilities (i.e. raw sockets) rather than setuid?
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It is considered a bug if a package has overly permissive capabilities, so these cases should be reported. However, they might have already fixed it according to https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/iputils/+bug/534341