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Old 11-30-2006, 10:58 PM   #1
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home directories accessible only to user

Hi, I'm trying to clean up security issues around our users.

How can I make sure all user home directories can be accesed only by the user?
Old 11-30-2006, 11:31 PM   #2
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Change the permission of the home folder so they can only be read by the user that owns them. (Default is readable but not writable by anyone. You can do this with:

chmod go-r *
in the home directory. It removes the read permission from 'group' and 'other', leaving it only for the user that owns the folder.

DISCLAIMER: Make sure you know what you are doing before you fiddle with permissions, it can make a mess... You have been warned

Old 12-01-2006, 12:07 AM   #3
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You wouldn't want other users to be able to cd to those directories either, though...
# cd /home
# chmod -R 700 *
Old 12-01-2006, 06:39 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by chort
You wouldn't want other users to be able to cd to those directories either, though...
# cd /home
# chmod -R 700 *

Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you both!
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Still you are warned....


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