Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 239070
CVE-2007-2797 Wrong settings for the tty (mesg: error: tty device is not owned by group `tty')
Last modified: 2016-07-06 18:33:10 EDT
Description of problem:
The new xterm with upgrade 5 of WS4 set the permissions of the tty in a wrong
way. Everytime I open a new terminal I get the message:
mesg: error: tty device is not owned by group `tty'
In fact the tty is owned by my native group.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
The bug is in xterm-192-7.el4
The version xterm-192-4.EL4 is error free
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install xterm-192-7.el4
2. Start a xterm
3. Optional "ls -l `tty`"
The message "mesg: error: tty device is not owned by group `tty'" and wrong
rights of `tty`
a tty with the group rights tty
This bug was also on Debian/GNU Linux more than one year ago. The bug is still
on state "pending" but should be closed as the problem is gone (also long time
Unfortunately a change in build environment caused a wrong group to be used as
This bugzilla has Keywords: Regression.
Since no regressions are allowed between releases,
it is also being proposed as a blocker for this release.
Please resolve ASAP.
Does the RPM use "--with-tty-group"?
I thought that would address this area.
The option fixes the problem, but it was introduced in a later version than the
version packaged in RHEL4.
*** Bug 247429 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
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