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Under Linux I can:

chattr +i SOMEFILE

so that even root can't modify the SOMEFILE. Are there any similar solutions for AIX?

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According to this IBM article on AIX V6.1 security features, there is support for immutable files. I don't know how it's done. –  Gilles Jan 5 '12 at 23:30

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The wikipedia page on chattr says: chattr is a command in the Linux operating system that allows a user to set certain attributes on a file residing on many Linux filesystems. chflags is the analogous command on modern BSD systems, including OS X. The commands are similar to the attrib command on DOS, OS/2 and Microsoft Windows. Other Unix systems have no analogous commands; Solaris supports extended file attributes, but there are no user level commands for setting or changing them, and the chatr command in HP-UX, and chattr in AIX have unrelated functions.

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At first I thought that ACLs could do the job. But a quick google revealed that the owner and root can (re)set ACLs on AIX.

chattr is specific to ex3/ext3 file-systems (and thus specific to Linux) - so I would say - you need a file-system that supports this feature.

A workaround might be using an NFSv4-mount from another server. In that environment root normally is mapped to a different (not privileged) UID.

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Root can reset the immutable bit on Linux too. I don't know anything about AIX ACLs, what is available that's relevant here? –  Gilles Jan 5 '12 at 23:31
extended acl's maybe can do something like the "immuntable bit/flag" under other OSes, but I don't know how. –  LanceBaynes Jan 6 '12 at 14:02
FileSystem is JFS2 –  LanceBaynes Jan 6 '12 at 14:02

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