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Bug 4084 - Minicom won't run unless run as root
Summary: Minicom won't run unless run as root
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: minicom
Version: 6.0
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: David Lawrence
QA Contact:
Depends On:
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Reported: 1999-07-17 06:45 UTC by antonino
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1999-07-28 18:34:12 UTC

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Description antonino 1999-07-17 06:45:04 UTC
Minicom fails unless it's run with root
privileges. As a normal user it fails to create
the lock file in /var/lock/LCK..modem.

The -o option does not override it. Is this a security

Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 1999-07-28 18:34:59 UTC
Minicom is shipped without the setgid bit needed to write in
/var/lock in order to minimize security risks. If you do
	chgrp uucp /usr/bin/minicom
	chmod g+s /usr/bin/minicom
then any user (not just root) will be able to create a lock file.

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