Hybrid (micro)kernels

By: Linus Torvalds (torvalds.delete@this.osdl.org), May 15, 2006 11:56 am
Room: Moderated Discussions
Linus Torvalds (torvalds@osdl.org) on 5/15/06 wrote:
>I'd worry about some really smart kid in some random country
>that I've never heard of, who just doesn't know how hard
>things are, and who is hungry for the challenge, and decides
>to "just do it". And does things differently (in some
>respect - maybe he decides that the real problem is the
>language, and writes a much better model for handling all
>the complex issues).

Btw, I'm not just saying that. I think the success of Unix
and the fact that it is intertwined with C and implemented
in C-like languages (where C++ very much counts as C-like),
is not just a random historical oddity.

If you want to change the OS model, I don't think that
microkernels is where it is at. A really different model
for how you state the problems and solutions might be it,
though. In that sense, Java (and that whole virtual
machine model, and yes, I realize it wasn't new to java
per se) is much more likely to make more of a difference.

The whole protection model (and thus largely security
model) of UNIX/C depends on mutual distrust of independent
entities, and that involves some real costs in the form
of hardware protection domains. The microkernel issue takes
that notion of protection domains further, and makes it
much worse.

But that's not actually the only model. You can certainly
have your protection model defined by the language, and
be able to "securely" call across protection domains without
any run-time costs if you can show the accesses to be
statically safe through the language interfaces used.

Of course, that has its own set of downsides, and for a
really secure system you probably want both - true security
is often a set of layers, with "if the bad guys get through
one layer, they'll be stopped by the next one or the one
after that", where you end up hoping that any security
issues at different layers are not related.

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