Bug 836174 - oddjobd-mkhomedir.conf -- unexpected directory permissions with explicit umask
oddjobd-mkhomedir.conf -- unexpected directory permissions with explicit umask
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Classification: Red Hat
Component: oddjob (Show other bugs)
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unspecified Severity unspecified
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Assigned To: Nalin Dahyabhai
BaseOS QE Security Team
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Reported: 2012-06-28 05:35 EDT by Eugene E
Modified: 2017-12-06 06:51 EST (History)
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Description Eugene E 2012-06-28 05:35:43 EDT
Description of problem:
Setting umask in oddjobd-mkhomedir.conf yields only partial results:

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible: unknown, tested on single system only.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install system
2. configure system to use LDAP for account info
3. configure to use sssd & oddjob-mkhomedir
Actual results:
Umask setting in oddjob-mkhomedir.conf yields following test results:
0000 drwxr-xr-x.
0007 drwxr-x---.
0017 drwxr-----.
0027 drwxr-x---.
0037 drwxr-----.
0047 drwx--x---.
0057 drwx------.
0067 drwx--x---.
0077 drwx------.
 002 drwxr-xr-x.

Expected results:
002 drwxrwxr-x

Additional info:
The mystery permission inheritance seems to be from /etc/skel. Modifying /etc/skel permissions was a work-around for us to get the desired permissions for home accounts.
Comment 2 Nalin Dahyabhai 2012-07-30 12:10:32 EDT
The permissions on the newly-created files and directories generally mimic those of the source directories in /etc/skel.  The umask controls which permission bits are removed when determining permissions for the newly-created files and directories.

If we set them all to match the umask value (or rather, 0777 with the umask's bits removed), then it wouldn't be possible to vary the permissions of individual files or directories in the skeleton directory.

I'm inclined to mark this won't-fix as a result.
Comment 3 RHEL Product and Program Management 2012-09-07 01:31:14 EDT
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Product Management for
inclusion in the current release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Because the affected component is not scheduled to be updated
in the current release, Red Hat is unable to address this
request at this time.

Red Hat invites you to ask your support representative to
propose this request, if appropriate, in the next release of
Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Comment 4 Jan Kurik 2017-12-06 06:51:03 EST
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 is in the Production 3 Phase. During the Production 3 Phase, Critical impact Security Advisories (RHSAs) and selected Urgent Priority Bug Fix Advisories (RHBAs) may be released as they become available.

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This issue does not meet the inclusion criteria for the Production 3 Phase and will be marked as CLOSED/WONTFIX. If this remains a critical requirement, please contact Red Hat Customer Support to request a re-evaluation of the issue, citing a clear business justification. Note that a strong business justification will be required for re-evaluation. Red Hat Customer Support can be contacted via the Red Hat Customer Portal at the following URL:


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