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Bug 78371 - Allow system logfiles to be group readable
Allow system logfiles to be group readable
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: sysklogd (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
medium Severity medium
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Assigned To: Jason Vas Dias
Brian Brock
: 72195 (view as bug list)
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Blocks: 72195
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Reported: 2002-11-21 15:45 EST by kop
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:48 EDT (History)
3 users (show)

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Fixed In Version: FC5
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Last Closed: 2006-08-07 14:52:53 EDT
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Patch to allow syslogd's umask to be configured (1.31 KB, patch)
2002-11-21 15:45 EST, kop
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Description kop 2002-11-21 15:45:02 EST
Description of Problem:

We want the system logs to be group readable so you don't have to
be root to check up on the system.  The syslogd et-al umask
is hardcoded into /etc/init.d/syslog.  I'd like to see it a
configurable parameter.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Version     : 1.4.1                             Vendor: Red Hat, Inc.
Release     : 8    

It may be appropriate to set the sticky bit on /var/log/, but
maybe not.

Am attaching a patch to set the appropriate umask.  (Patch sets
umask to current default, nobody but root can read or write.)
Uses /etc/sysconfig/syslog.
Comment 1 kop 2002-11-21 15:45:47 EST
Created attachment 85964 [details]
Patch to allow syslogd's umask to be configured
Comment 2 Andrei Ivanov 2003-02-07 14:29:54 EST
Or at least man page should be updated. RHL7.2's version says (in BUGS section):

  If a file is created it is world readable.

With that "umask 077" command in /etc/rc.d/init.d/syslog default behaviour,
obviously, now is the opposite of what man page says.
Comment 3 Jason Vas Dias 2005-06-03 16:51:10 EDT
Sorry for the delay in getting to this bug .

The next version of sysklogd will support a configurable umask setting
similar to your attached patch. 
Comment 4 Jason Vas Dias 2005-06-03 17:25:39 EDT
*** Bug 72195 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 5 Bill Nottingham 2006-08-05 00:02:35 EDT
Red Hat apologizes that these issues have not been resolved yet. We do want to
make sure that no important bugs slip through the cracks.

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Comment 6 Wil Cooley 2006-08-07 14:51:30 EDT
The umask is not configurable in the init script, so I guess technically this
bug has been fixed.  There is a broader goal, in my mind, of "make wheel
useful", which includes giving group-read access to syslog logs, making that
group wheel, ensuring logrotate defaults to those permissions, etc., that this
bug touches on but does not wholly address.
Comment 7 Bill Nottingham 2006-08-07 14:52:53 EDT
Closing based on the context of original report - thanks!

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