Bug 156620 - Permissions are incorrect on /etc/ntp
Summary: Permissions are incorrect on /etc/ntp
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: ntp
Version: 3.0
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Petr Raszyk
QA Contact: Brian Brock
Depends On:
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Reported: 2005-05-02 15:59 UTC by Joshua Weage
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:07 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Last Closed: 2005-10-24 08:17:10 UTC

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Description Joshua Weage 2005-05-02 15:59:39 UTC
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Description of problem:
ntpd produces the following error in /var/log/messages:

can't open /etc/ntp/drift.TEMP: Permission denied

The default /etc/sysconfig/ntpd config runs ntpd as the ntp user, which is fine.  However, the ntpd user cannot write to /etc/ntp by default, so ntpd is unable to create the drift file.

The solution is to change the permissions on /etc/ntp to ntp:root and chmod 775.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  Enable ntpd
2.  See error about drift.TEMP in syslog

Expected Results:  No error messages.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Torkil Zachariassen 2005-10-19 15:39:28 UTC
The manual says the drift file should be in /var/lib/ntp, which is owned by
ntp.ntp mode 755.

Perhaps a line like
  driftfile /var/lib/ntp/drift
is required in

Comment 2 Petr Raszyk 2005-10-24 08:17:10 UTC
To comment #1

Thanks .
# Drift file.  Put this in a directory which the daemon can write to.
# No symbolic links allowed, either, since the daemon updates the file
# by creating a temporary in the same directory and then rename()'ing
# it to the file.
driftfile /var/lib/ntp/drift
broadcastdelay  0.008

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