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resolvconf-admin - a setuid program for setting up DNS resolution
resolvconf-admin add NETIF [-s SEARCH] [-d DOMAIN] NAMESERVER [...] resolvconf-admin del NETIF
This setuid program allows specific non-privileged users to invoke /sbin/resolvconf (if it is present) with a constrained argument to add or remove DNS resolvers; or, if /sbin/resolvconf is not executable, it can replace /etc/resolv.conf. This is useful, for example, for running a DHCP client as a non-privileged user. When the non-privileged user wants to set up the DNS resolvers due to information it learned from interface NETIF, it should invoke: resolvconf-admin add NETIF [-s SEARCH] [-d DOMAIN] NAMESERVER [...] Note that DNS search path and domain name are optional. However, at least one nameserver is required. When the non-privileged user wants to tear down the DNS resolver information that it had previously set for interface NETIF, it should invoke: resolvconf-admin del NETIF
A better (non-suid) approach for setting up the DNS in a non-privileged way is to make an authenticated IPC call to some running daemon that already manages the local DNS resolution configuration (e.g., systemd-resolved(8)). However, some systems do not run such a daemon, so we offer this setuid approach instead, for those limited systems only. This setuid program should not be installed on systems that already run such a daemon, because every setuid program increases the attack surface of the operating system. DO NOT INSTALL THIS TOOL IF YOU HAVE BETTER OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO YOU!
INTERLEAVED OPERATION WITHOUT RESOLVCONF(8)
On a system where resolvconf(8) is not installed, the behavior is not very sophisticated. On these systems: · The first time resolvconf-admin add is invoked, the old /etc/resolv.conf is backed up to /etc/resolv.conf.bak.resolvconf-admin. · The first time resolvconf-admin del is invoked, the backed up file is restored. If multiple daemons (or a single daemon monitoring multiple sources of DNS resolver information) invokes resolvconf-admin in an interleaved fashion (e.g. two adds before a del), this will almost certainly not be the behavior that you want. If your system is likely to have this kind of interleaved operation, it should also have resolvconf(8) installed.
resolvconf(8), resolv.conf(5), systemd-resolved(8)
Daniel Kahn Gillmor <email@example.com>. 2017 September RESOLVCONF-ADMIN(1)