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Old 10-16-2004, 02:03 PM   #1
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Question Setting Up a Restricted User Account

I have just downloaded and installed WinSCP on my work laptop, and am using it to connect to my Linux box at home (I'm still a Linux newbie though). This is great, as I can copy files to and from home, especially useful for files that are too big to e-mail.
I would also like to let colleagues (who already have WinSCP - they recommended it to me) connect, but I'm a little concerned.
I created a special user account, which contains nothing but files I want to share, but when I connect I notice that I can actually navigate up and access other directories (not those of other users, or various system stuff, but more than I want to give access to).
Is there any way I can restrict this user account so it only has access to it's own /home/user directory?
I've put everything I can think of into Google, but not come back with anything I can understand. Various things mention chroot, but i've not managed to find any examples I can follow (sorry, I am a newbie!)
Can anyone help?
Old 10-18-2004, 10:28 AM   #2
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what you describe is called "directory browsing"
since you created a special user account, also create a special user account group...........and give this group read permissions only to /home/user directory.........that way that group can't browse up and down the directory tree......
Old 10-19-2004, 11:31 AM   #3
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Thanks 320. I think what I'm after is some way of making my restricted account log in with 'bash --restricted' rather than 'bash'. I've tried editing my /etc/passwd file and changing '...:/home/user:/bin/bash' to '.../home/user:"/bin/bash --restricted"' but it's not quite working at the moment.


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