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Bug 426320 - [PATCH] Wrong directory ownership on ext* volumes
[PATCH] Wrong directory ownership on ext* volumes
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: hal (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: David Zeuthen
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2007-12-19 19:50 EST by Nathaniel McCallum
Modified: 2013-03-05 22:54 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2009-01-09 00:33:58 EST
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Patch to fix directory ownership (2.20 KB, patch)
2007-12-19 19:50 EST, Nathaniel McCallum
no flags Details | Diff
Fix directory ownership (improved) (2.03 KB, patch)
2007-12-20 11:27 EST, Nathaniel McCallum
no flags Details | Diff

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Description Nathaniel McCallum 2007-12-19 19:50:08 EST
When a user inserts a ext3 formatted USB key (or other removeable drive), it is
correctly mounted (via gnome-volume-manager, gnome-mount & hal).  However, the
mount point is owned by root, making it impossible for the user to modify the
files on the device.

FreeBSD fixed this problem a while back, but enclosed the code in ifdefs for
FreeBSD only.  The attached patch does two things:
1. Make the code NOT FreeBSD only
2. Move chown() code to after mount is complete as mounting resets the ownership

This should probably be vetted for security, though I can't think of anything
wrong with it.
Comment 1 Nathaniel McCallum 2007-12-19 19:50:08 EST
Created attachment 290086 [details]
Patch to fix directory ownership
Comment 2 Nathaniel McCallum 2007-12-20 11:27:38 EST
Created attachment 290166 [details]
Fix directory ownership (improved)

Modified the patch slightly:
1. If we can't lookup default gid, just don't change gid.
2. If we can't chown, don't error, just print a warning.
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