Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 155590
realplayer installation creates directory with bad permissions when umask is 0077
Last modified: 2013-03-05 22:43:27 EST
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Description of problem:
If you have your umask set to 0077 and try to install the realplayer RPM from the RHN, it creates a directory, /usr/lib/helix, that has permissions 0700. With these permissions, normal users cannot run realplayer.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. set umask to 0077
2. run "up2date realplayer" (assuming you belong to the proper channel in RHN)
3. notice that /usr/lib/helix permissions are 0700
Actual Results: Realplayer is installed but the permissions on /usr/lib/helix are 0700. As a result, normal users cannot run realplayer.
Expected Results: Realplayer should be installed and normal users should be able to run it (without modifying directory permissions as root).
This bug is filed against RHEL 3, which is in maintenance phase.
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critical bug fixes will be released for enterprise products. Since
this bug does not meet that criteria, it is now being closed.
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information on how this bug is affecting you.
I reported this bug in April 2005 when RHEL 3 was still fully maintained (i.e.
normal bug fixes were still being issued). There was no action for over two
years, and now that RHEL 3 has entered maintenance phase, someone finally
responds to tell me that it won't be fixed. This issue may in fact be fixed
already; I don't know. But I do feel that it is very poor form to not respond
for such a long time, and then only to respond that it won't be fixed because
the product has entered maintenance mode.