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#1 2023-09-09 10:23:23

From: Ortenau
Registered: 2021-04-25
Posts: 81  

superseded by changes to adduser

Sorry, This contained false information.

Last edited by bai4Iej2need (2023-09-16 04:16:09)

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#2 2023-09-09 10:30:45

Registered: 2023-04-04
Posts: 52  

Re: superseded by changes to adduser

bai4Iej2need wrote:

This thread
I do two things on each new install:

  • 1. security

     chmod 700 /home/*/ 

The main problem I can think of is that that command will set the execute bit on all files, even those that aren’t executable.  So, if you have a file called foo, and someday you want to do cat foo or print foo and you accidentally type just foo, the shell will try to execute foo; i.e., interpret it as a shell script. 

This will probably just explode in your face harmlessly, but if foo contains anything that looks like a shell command, you could get harmful results.

A lesser issue is that if you have a file that you want to preserve, and last year you did a

chmod 444

to protect it from yourself,

the chmod 700

will restore your write bit, and make it easier for you to clobber the file accidentally.

The solution to both issues is to do

chmod go= -R ~


chmod go-rwx -R ~

which will turn off all bits for group and others, but leave your access alone.


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