Bug 6338 - /usr/libexec/pt_chown is not installed suid root
/usr/libexec/pt_chown is not installed suid root
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: glibc (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Cristian Gafton
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Reported: 1999-10-25 11:34 EDT by edc
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-01-04 18:57:25 EST
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Description edc 1999-10-25 11:34:36 EDT
/usr/libexec/pt_chown is not installed suid root and is
therefore useless.  Since pt_chown is not used by systems
using Unix98 ptys this problem is probably not noticed by
most people.  Users trying to minimize kernel memory use (or
using the default kernelconfiguration) however, will be
unable to use ptys.
Comment 1 udaya 1999-11-18 15:01:59 EST
xterm on redhat linux 6.1 doesn't work because /usr/libexec/pt_chown is not
installed suid root. Therefore, it is important that this problem be fixed
as soon as possible.

Comment 2 Cristian Gafton 2000-01-04 18:57:59 EST
Please enable devpts and you won't need pt_chown at all.

Anyway, the setuid bit is turned on again in the rawhide rpm for glibc
Comment 3 wingc 2000-02-01 22:41:59 EST
Please don't enable the suid bit on pt_chown by default.

If people want to use glibc2.1 without devpts, then make a note in the

Leaving a setuid root executable on every Red Hat system that will not be used
by 99.99% of people is a bad idea. Why risk the possibility of an exploit?

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