When using Windows Subsystem for Linux the ping command can be a essential tool to use. Unfortunately the default implementation will prevent a normal user to use the command.

When running the command as normal you will get the following message:

ping: socktype: SOCK_RAW
ping: socket: Operation not permitted
ping: => missing cap_net_raw+p capability or setuid?

To enable it for normal users you can run the following command to set the setuid bit on the ping commmand:

sudo chmod u+s /bin/ping

Now the ping command will work for normal users also.

Stephan Wijman • 32 Articles

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