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Re: lynx-dev Re: who owns what

From: dickey
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Re: who owns what
Date: Fri, 9 Oct 1998 22:49:11 -0400 (EDT)

> >  ls -ld /homefs/u7/purslow  gives: 
> >   
> > drwx--x--x    9 purslow  user         512 Oct  9 07:53 /homefs/u7/purslow 
>         ^  ^ 
> As an amateur, I find this curious.  I have always made permissions 
> on private accounts 700.  With a setup like this, couldn't a person 
> logged on to that system exec any of the programs under that directory, 
> e.g., run the private image of lynx within that directory? 

yes - IF they know where it is.

If there's a 755 directory under that, they can cd to it and do useful
work, also IF they know where it is.  So it's a good idea to keep the
mail directory 700.  (On my ISP account, I protect all but a couple of
work directories whose names probably aren't well-known).

It's worth noting that Linux's permissions don't seem to work that way
(they're more permissive).
> __Henry 

Thomas E. Dickey

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