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Old 04-17-2004, 02:13 AM   #1
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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
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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.


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