Permissions are the unix way of controlling access to resources such as files, directories and devices and may be specified for an owner, group, or all users.

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Accessing another user's files

I have a file "abc" with permissions 440 .The owner of this file is "root" and the group of this file is "groupabc" . I have a user "user1" .Is their anyway I can see the contents of files "abc" using ...
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Allow non-root process to access all home directories without compromising security?

Any ideas how to allow one non-root process to access (read&write) all home directories without compromising security? Normal users should not have access to each other's home directories. All ...
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Terminal command (called not from SU) that would restrict process from writting to all directories but one?

We have an app testApp. We have a folder called notRestricted in the directory where we run app from. We want to limit access of the app to file system so that app could write only to that folder (we ...
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New files in a mounted directory are being created with a different user and removing write permission for other users

I am running a python script that outputs files into a mounted directory on a different computer. The script can be run multiple times in a way that overwrites the contents of created files. However, ...
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'+' and 's' in permission strings

If the ls -l command gives me a permission string like rwsr-s--x What does the 's' mean? The only sources I found mention that it can be present sometimes but do not elaborate. What does a '+' ...
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Sudo User: Not able to see the home directory of other users

I created sudo user hrsupport with following commands: hrsupport ALL=ALL, NOPASSWD: /bin/chown, /bin/chmod, /bin/chgrp, /scripts/pkgacct, /scripts/restorepkg How can I achieve this The hrsupport ...
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Grant FTP access to specific directory

I have setup CentOS on a box on my local network and installed httpd, PHP, Webmin (and UserMin) etc. I opted for ProFTPd and have opened up ports for FTP, Webmin and Apache. I can now access Webmin ...
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How to group alphanumeric permissions

As an addition to my previous question: Which is more widely used: chmod 777 or chmod a+rwx. If I were to use the chmod a+rwx (which I wouldn't in the real world) format, but I wanted to use the ...
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How do I delete a file in a read-only directory?

I've got a directory and a file in it, with the directory marked as read-only: $ mkdir directoryname $ touch directoryname/filename $ chmod a-w directoryname I cannot delete the file, even if pass ...
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Prevent directory permission change (or cronjob to work around)

I have a HostGator dedicated server running CentOS. I have a folder on one user's account where I want all users to be able to have read access, so we keep it chmod'd to 755. HG has a script that runs ...