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Re: [Bug-tar] [bug #2720] (grass) tar --no-same-owner

From: Joerg Schilling
Subject: Re: [Bug-tar] [bug #2720] (grass) tar --no-same-owner
Date: Mon, 06 Dec 2004 15:55:53 +0100
User-agent: nail 11.2 8/15/04

Dan Jacobson <address@hidden> wrote:

> >>> How to be more secure?
> >> In ...-install.sh use tar --no-same-owner.
> H> Is this a portable option?
> the GNU manual doesn't go into it.
> If not then "chown -R root... tree" before creating the tar, or
> test `id -u` = 0 && "chown -R root... tree" for the user untarring, or
> something.

tar --no-same-owner is 100% nonportable.

Better to use:

o       Assign to extracted files the user and group identifier of the user 
        the program rather than those on the archive. 

But note that GNU tar did violate POSIX/SVSv2 for a while at this point.


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