The man page for mount indicates:

suid    Allow set-user-ID or set-group-ID bits to take effect.

nosuid  Do not allow set-user-ID or set-group-ID bits to take effect.

but no indication that one or the other of these options is the default.

At the same time, I cannot find anything about the suid or nosuid status of my root filesystem:

  • If I execute the command $ mount I get:

/dev/sda2 on / type ext4 (rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro,data=ordered).

  • I don't see any suid or nosuid option inside the file /etc/fstab.

  • In /proc/mounts it only indicates:

/dev/sda2 / ext4 rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro,data=ordered 0 0.

  • I cannot find anything in the man pages of mkfs.ext4 or tune2fs, or in the file /etc/mke2fs.conf.

So my questions are:

  • How is the status suid or nosuid chosen when a filseystem is mounted?
  • Where can one find the suid or nosuid status of a mounted filesystem?

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suid is the default. The explicit suid option is only needed for the case where you want to remount a file system or override the options from /etc/fstab.

This isn't part of your question, but notice that the nosuid option also affects file capabilities -- they will be ignored on filesystems mounted that way.

  • Would you have a reference for suid being the default? I did not manage to find the information. Is it referenced in some man pages?
    – The Quark
    May 23, 2019 at 21:37
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    the nosuid option is an artifact of the mount utility -- the mount(2) system call only has a MS_NOSUID option, there is no MS_SUID.
    – mosvy
    May 23, 2019 at 21:44
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    man page says: defaults Use the default options: rw, suid, dev, exec, auto, nouser, and async.
    – Jasen
    May 23, 2019 at 21:53
  • And it is documented under the defaults meta-option in the manpage of the mount(8) utility.
    – mosvy
    May 23, 2019 at 21:59
  • it should've been "the suid option is an artifact" in the comment above, sorry.
    – mosvy
    May 23, 2019 at 22:03

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