I am going to read a file which needs root privilege and I have to save it somewhere with another user or group, for example reading dmesg which needs root and save it some other place with permission 770 for user/group: test/test. the problem here that I can not save it as root, is SElinux policy which gives me error.So I need to change the process privilage while I am saving the file.

any suggestion?

  • Will your script be running as root? Commented Sep 5, 2022 at 8:24
  • @roaima, yes, ,It runs as root Commented Sep 5, 2022 at 8:46

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Your script is running as root. So there's nothing to stop you using sudo to run as any user. If you can't write a file as root but you can as this other user, that's one option:

dmesg | sudo -u test tee "$target" >/dev/null
chmod 770 "$target"

If you prefer to use su instead of sudo you can use this variant

dmesg | su test -c "tee '$target' >/dev/null'
chmod 770 "$target"
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    I wonder if install could be used too?
    – Kusalananda
    Commented Sep 5, 2022 at 11:24
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    @Kusalananda I don't think so - strace shows the file being written and then the ownership applied Commented Sep 5, 2022 at 11:54
  • Good call. Thanks for looking into that.
    – Kusalananda
    Commented Sep 5, 2022 at 12:07
  • Thank you, it works for me, the only change I give was to use su instead of sudo and give the complete address of all command. for example dmesg and su Commented Sep 5, 2022 at 13:06
  • @AhmadBanshee both dmesg and su are in the standard /bin directory so you shouldn't have needed to provide full paths. Have you perhaps changed the $PATH variable by mistake? Commented Sep 5, 2022 at 16:50

With zsh, you can do (as root):

zmodload zsh/system
umask 0
() {local EGID=123 EUID=456; sysopen -wu3 -m770 -o excl file}

To create and open the file as euid 456 and egid 123 with 0770 permissions.

$ ls -nd file
-rwxrwx--- 1 456 123 0 Sep  5 17:05 file

And then run: dmesg >&3 to fill it up.

(note that the order is important, you can't change the egid once your euid is no longer 0).

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