Did you know LQ has a Linux Hardware Compatibility List?
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General
User Name
Linux - General This Linux forum is for general Linux questions and discussion.
If it is Linux Related and doesn't seem to fit in any other forum then this is the place.


  Search this Thread
Old 04-17-2004, 02:13 AM   #1
Registered: Apr 2003
Location: denver co
Distribution: redhat9
Posts: 156

Rep: Reputation: 30
file properties state where x should says s ?

ok so I am browsing my dir's and find files that instead of owner execute being x or none it says s. why? let me so you
-rwsr-xr-x 1 root root 30816 Feb 24 2003 umount
^ see that? what the hell is it. I do not know in five years of linux I do not know! Oh dear I found my self with a propertie that I do not comprehend.
Old 04-17-2004, 08:57 AM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Sydney
Distribution: debian
Posts: 1,495

Rep: Reputation: 48
Hi - it means the program runs 'setuid'. In other words it runs with the privileges of the owner, not the person running it. So if owned by root, it runs with root privilege, even when run by joe user.

See e.g. for more discussion, especially about the security implications.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to cleanly exit 'man' - Changing File Properties rickh Linux - Newbie 4 04-21-2005 12:08 AM
which file has the display properties in Linux joeyBig Linux - General 6 09-22-2004 02:04 AM
Can't edit state file. jpc1258 Linux - Newbie 2 08-24-2004 03:30 PM
checking file state in C++ chewysplace Programming 5 02-20-2004 08:27 PM
File system's properties hotrodowner Linux - General 3 07-04-2002 10:20 AM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:18 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration