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Old 02-14-2002, 11:21 PM   #1
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Unhappy Internet connection in root, but no other user

Hi, i installed Linux Red Hat 7.2, plus the redhat updates. Now the problem. I can only connect to the internet as the root user. I'm using a dsl modem using PPPoE. Also occasionally my dsl config disappears, and i have to re-enter my isp and login info again.

Any help would be great.

Thanks in advance Dave.

Last edited by daverino; 02-14-2002 at 11:23 PM.
Old 02-15-2002, 11:46 AM   #2
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it's probably the permissions or the suid bit on the ppp program - just as a quick dirty fix, you could run

chmod +s pppd

in the /usr/sbin directory (i think...) - there might be another script or two that you would need to do the same thing to - depends on the implementation redhat uses - unfortunately, i'm not too familiar with it.

anyway, what that does is set a bit in the file attributes so that the file will execute with root permissions regardless of who executes the program. for a desktop system, this isn't a real security risk, but it's not something you would want to do on a larger server system. if you want to take the trouble to get it working the correct way, then you need to set your use to a group allowed to use the scripts - which is quite a bit more work.


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