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Bug 728685 - fedora configuration of leafnode runs fetchnews as root
Summary: fedora configuration of leafnode runs fetchnews as root
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: leafnode
Version: rawhide
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Matěj Cepl
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2011-08-06 11:44 UTC by moabi2000
Modified: 2018-04-11 08:17 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2012-12-15 18:04:35 UTC
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Description moabi2000 2011-08-06 11:44:19 UTC
Description of problem:

For security, the leafnode-recommended setup has the various programmes run as user 'news'. The setup produced by the Fedora rpm has leafnode run as user news, but the programme fetchnews runs as root.

See /etc/crond.d/leafnode for cron job that runs fetchnews as root.

Trying to run fetchnews as user news fails with the error "/USR/SBIN/CROND[8135]: (CRON) ERROR chdir failed (/etc/news): No such file or directory"

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Comment 1 Kevin Fenzi 2011-08-06 18:01:17 UTC
That homedir for the news user I think was setup to match up with the inn package long ago. 
(Ie, if you have both leafnode and inn installed the news user should work ok for inn as well). 

If you change the news user's homedir to say '/tmp' does that cause it to work?

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Comment 3 Matěj Cepl 2012-11-08 15:59:22 UTC
This has not been fixed yet, /usr/sbin/fetchnews is still run as root. Moreover, the package adds a cron tidbit to /etc/cron.d ... wouldn't it better to add this shell script to /etc/cron.hourly/ ?

sudo -u news /usr/sbin/fetchnews

Comment 4 Matěj Cepl 2012-11-09 06:11:59 UTC
(In reply to comment #3)
> #!/bin/sh
> sudo -u news /usr/sbin/fetchnews

Actually the working script is


su news -s /bin/sh -c /usr/sbin/fetchnews

Maybe just changing the cron tidbit to

01 * * * * news /usr/sbin/fetchnews

would be an alternative.

Comment 5 Kevin Fenzi 2012-11-09 16:39:34 UTC
I actually don't use leafnode here anymore... would you like to take over maintaining it? :) 

Or at least would you care to just apply your changes? 

If not, I'll try and get to it...

Comment 6 Matěj Cepl 2012-11-09 19:51:18 UTC
(In reply to comment #5)
> Or at least would you care to just apply your changes? 

I am a provenpackager, so I suppose I could just play with leafnode packaging a little bit.

Comment 7 Fedora Update System 2012-11-27 14:24:12 UTC
leafnode-1.11.8-9.fc17 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 17.

Comment 8 Fedora Update System 2012-11-27 14:24:51 UTC
leafnode-1.11.8-9.fc18 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 18.

Comment 9 Fedora Update System 2012-11-28 02:05:02 UTC
Package leafnode-1.11.8-9.fc18:
* should fix your issue,
* was pushed to the Fedora 18 testing repository,
* should be available at your local mirror within two days.
Update it with:
# su -c 'yum update --enablerepo=updates-testing leafnode-1.11.8-9.fc18'
as soon as you are able to.
Please go to the following url:
then log in and leave karma (feedback).

Comment 10 Fedora Update System 2012-12-15 18:04:36 UTC
leafnode-1.11.8-9.fc17 has been pushed to the Fedora 17 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

Comment 11 Fedora Update System 2013-01-12 01:21:54 UTC
leafnode-1.11.8-9.fc18 has been pushed to the Fedora 18 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

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