After running,

$ 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?


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

  • Since Ubuntu 16.04 uses setuid, how could I use the C# Ping class constructor to avoid the TypeInitializer for 'System.Net.NetworkInformaton.Ping threw an exception error? Thank you. – Frank Jul 24 '16 at 6:28

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