> Does it adopt authority, or something...?  Anyway, my understanding of
the
> LODRUN (which is partial) is that it does a restore and a call,
> essentially...  If you have a device that allows RSTLIB, I'm not sure
how
> that's a whole lot MORE secure.  (Maybe some...)

LODRUN will restore program object QINSTAPP from the installation media
to QTEMP and transfer control to that program.  The program may or may
not adopt authority, that is a characteristic of the program being
restored, not the command.  The command will terminate if the program is
not owned by a profile currently existing on the system.  This may
explain why QSYS would be commonly used, but it is not a requirement.

As I recall some of the vendor installation programs I've run over the
years (like 'Sign on as QSECOFR and execute the following command') I'm
not sure that I see tremendous security exposure inherent in the command
function.  Most of us will run installation programs based upon our
relationship with the vendor or their reputation.

Hopefully, we'll never have 'autorun' CD-ROM drives which execute the
LODRUN command if a CD is inserted in a varied-on drive.  Now that would
bother me a bit. ;)

Regards,
Andy Nolen-Parkhouse



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