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Bug 162643 - /usr/bin/finger is mode 0711 not 0755
Summary: /usr/bin/finger is mode 0711 not 0755
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: finger
Version: rawhide
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Radek Vokal
QA Contact: Mike McLean
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2005-07-07 05:25 UTC by Russell Coker
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:11 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

Fixed In Version: 0.17-29
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2005-07-13 12:50:10 UTC

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Description Russell Coker 2005-07-07 05:25:08 UTC
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Konqueror/3.4; Linux) KHTML/3.4.1 (like Gecko)

Description of problem:
Programs in /usr/bin generally are world readable.  There is possibly some 
benefit in having SETUID or SETGID programs not be world readable, but for a 
program that runs with no special privs there is no benefit and just a minor 
annoyance factor in not being able to copy the program as non-root. 
Please make it mode 0755. 

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Comment 1 Radek Vokal 2005-07-13 12:50:10 UTC
True, seems to me too paranoid :) Fixed in rawhide

Comment 2 Radek Bíba 2006-03-23 14:52:02 UTC
Have you read ?
From paragraph 'An astute reader asked'. I admit I don't know the answer to the
question in the last paragraph but something tells me the permissions are
intentional and shouldn't have been changed. Please verify it!

Comment 3 Radek Bíba 2006-04-20 16:53:27 UTC
Okay, current RH Mag issue talks about the permissions further and although finger
changelog says

* Wed May 17 2000 Chris Evans <>
- make some files mode -rwx--x--x as a security hardening measure

even Linus doesn't find such restrictive mode much useful.

BTW, if you want to be consistent you may want to revert permissions of
/usr/sbin/in.fingerd back to 755, too.

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