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Old 07-03-2002, 04:16 PM   #1
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file modes list i.e. what is a sticky bit?

Hi all, is there a good man page or reference to find out all of all of the possible file modes for a file?
.e. drwxrws r-x
is there something to look at where that tells me what the 's' stands for (as well as any other possibilities).

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Sticky bit allows you to run a program as a regular user in a program space of an owner of the program who is not your user account (if sticky bit is in owner field) or a group (guess where is the sticky bit) which you are not a member, usually programs like su, cdrecord require sticky bit if you want to run them as a regular user without compromising root. But if there are programms you suspect don't need that bit the bit is better be removed it is one of the security habits you should develop to make your system more secure.
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I think that was the suid bit not the sticky bit. Kinda confusing because most people refer to the suid as the s bit.

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