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Old 10-06-2004, 06:29 AM   #1
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how to password protect certain directories?

Hi, there's 1 or 2 directory I'd like to put password for it.

so if anyone want to cd into that dir, they (or i ) need to type a password for it, and suggestion how it can be done?

i read the security programming from the HOWTO, didn't understand much (it talked a lot about buffer overflow..etc) :P

btw, this is only 1 machine, so samba is not nesscary

p.s: i do not want to open a new user acct, because even without write permission, you will still able to ls and cd into other user's home dir. all i want is a folder with password protection

thank you
Old 10-06-2004, 06:48 AM   #2
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why dont you just own them and dont allow anyone else to read apart from owner?
Old 10-06-2004, 08:04 AM   #3
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have you ever noticed that regular users CANNOT cd into root directory??
create a 'new group' put those 1 or 2 files into the 'new group' and make whatever user part of the 'new group' and only that user will have access to the need to password them, just change the ownership and permissions.........ta da......easy
Old 10-06-2004, 01:16 PM   #4
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U can use the standard linux filesystem permissions to lock the users out.
Use two commands
Chmod < changes file permissions.
Chown < changes the owner of the file or directory

I hope that helped.


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