owner of /etc /boot and / (related to can't su thread???)

Mike McCarty mike.mccarty at sbcglobal.net
Fri Jul 8 13:49:43 UTC 2005

Paul Howarth wrote:

> Mike McCarty wrote:
>> Alexander Dalloz wrote:
>>> Am Fr, den 08.07.2005 schrieb Shawn um 8:13:
>>>> quite recently I mistakenly did something like chown -R jr /
>> [snip]
>>>> I wonder if etc and boot shouldn't properly be owned by root?
>>> Sure, they have to be root owned.
>> They *have* to be root ownership? What is there which will not function
>> if they are not root ownership?
> Anything that was originally owned by root will "work" as before, but 
> represents a potential security issue as user "jr" will now have 
> access to them and that user should not have that access.
Please use shorter lines.

That is not much of a security hole. OTOH, given the propensities
of this particular user...

Just kidding!

> Anything that was originally owned by a different user than root is 
> likely not to work, because the process that needs to access that data 
> will be running as the correct userid, not "jr".

Yes, like the news reader, perhaps. But you didn't address my question as
asked. What, specifically, *must* be owned by root?


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