Bug 467610 - RFE: Add sbin in $PATH environment
RFE: Add sbin in $PATH environment
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 467605
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
Classification: Red Hat
Component: bash (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Roman Rakus
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Reported: 2008-10-19 07:47 EDT by secubie
Modified: 2014-01-12 19:07 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2008-10-20 04:05:04 EDT
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Description secubie 2008-10-19 07:47:30 EDT
Description of problem:
Omitting system binary path is a type of "security through obscurity". In most cases, this method of security is not hard to defeat. Not including sbin dir will not make a system more secure. When a normal user wants to execute a file within that directory, if he has permission, all he has to do is to add prefix /sbin to the execute file name. I believe it is never a good idea to secure a system though obscurity. In this case, let the permission handle the authorisation. If you do not want a normal user execute a system binary file, chmod it properly.

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Comment 1 Radek Bíba 2008-10-20 04:05:04 EDT

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 467605 ***

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