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Old 10-29-2003, 09:18 PM   #1
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wvdial and permissions...again


I searched, and I changed permissions using chmod 777 on wvdial.conf and ppp and /dev/ttyS0 and set my permissions in /etc/group, but I STILL can't seem to log on through the command line or stoooooopid modem lights applet using wvdial. It connects me, then gives me the ol' exit 3 root permissions error.

I am using an external conexant modem (creative) and SuSE 8.2. I'm a little mystified by some of the other explanations I saw, because I'm essentially a newb, so go easy on me.

shoe

edit: I can get in through kinternet... but modem lights is cooler, and I like gnome... Sorry if this is missing some vital info... I've had a long day. I'll post more if necessary...

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Old 10-29-2003, 10:41 PM   #2
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I had such a problem and I 'suid root'-ed the wvdial executable: chmod +s wvdial.
Now wvdial works. Though I am not very happy with this suid solution. I am also interested if anyone has a better workaround here.

By the way, if you set the suid bit of wvdial, make sure to remove its unnecessary and dangerous write permissions for users other than root: chmod go-w wvdial.

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Old 10-30-2003, 09:52 AM   #3
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I found this page to be helpful (finally)
http://www.electronicschat.org/nonro...ut/wvdial.html

I still think I might have some screwy settings, because I was messing around and I don't know what I'm doing really, but now I can connect non-root.

shoe
 
Old 10-30-2003, 10:26 AM   #4
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So far as I know this IS suid, right? I think this might be the only way to do it wvdial. I've seen some bad things about wvdial in this respect.

shoe
 
Old 10-30-2003, 10:39 AM   #5
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So far as I know this IS suid, right? I think this might be the only way to do it wvdial. I've seen some bad things about wvdial in this respect.

shoe

BTW, I did the chmod go-w wvdial

Is there I way I can set it so wvdialconf is not writable, but I can still get online through a user? I seem to keep disabling wvdial.conf when I try this...

shoe

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Old 10-30-2003, 07:54 PM   #6
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My wvdial.conf is only writeable by root, and it works well.
 
  


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