Subject: Re: ownership of binaries in /bin,/sbin, etc
To: Darren Reed <>
From: Mark P. Gooderum <>
List: current-users
Date: 12/31/1994 10:49:54
> Is there a reason why all non-setuid/setgid are owned by bin ?
> For one, "bin" tends to be an account which is never logged into,
> and rarely su'd to.  cronjobs...?
> In the interest of security (NFS being one concern which springs to
> mind), I would have thought that it would be better if everything
> was owned by root as it is possible to `control' who is root over
> NFS, but not any other uid (?).  I do notice that all dirs are owned
> by root, however.

The bin user is the historical owner of binaries, I'm not exactly sure
> Any comments on whether it should/shouldn't be changed for the future ?

I do exactly this, you can do the same.  Just set BINOWN in
By default LIBOWN inherits from this as well, so your libraries end up root.