Bug 87979 - recommended way of enabling public_html exposes users' files in /home/user/
Summary: recommended way of enabling public_html exposes users' files in /home/user/
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: rhl-cg
Version: 9
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Tammy Fox
QA Contact: Tammy Fox
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-04-04 09:08 UTC by sysadmin
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:52 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-04-05 15:50:10 UTC

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Description sysadmin 2003-04-04 09:08:32 UTC
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Description of problem:
The docs for enabling public_html for user joeblow instruct, in part:

chmod o+x /home/joeblow

And, by default, user files are created o+r.  

This combination allows anyone with a shell account to access the files in

It seems to me that RHL's default configuration should not lead to this result.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
follow RH's recommended procedure for enabling public_html directories

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Comment 1 sysadmin 2003-04-04 16:28:55 UTC
I forgot to mention that you'd have to know the name of a file in joeblow's home
directory in order to access it.

Comment 2 Tammy Fox 2003-04-04 16:32:02 UTC
Which RH documentation are you referring to? The component has been changed to
rhl-cg, but the Customization Guide doesn't include this information.

Comment 3 sysadmin 2003-04-05 10:49:12 UTC
i don't have them handy - maybe i was looking at some pre-upgrade docs - can you
tell me what the current recommended way of enabling public_html directories is?

Comment 4 Tammy Fox 2003-04-05 15:50:10 UTC

Look for the UserDir directive.

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