Subject: Re: /var vs. /etc (crontabs, etc): don't let users fill the root
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Dave Burgess <email@example.com>
Date: 03/16/1995 12:37:01
> [ On Tue, March 14, 1995 at 18:09:29 (-0500), John Kohl wrote: ]
> > Subject: /var vs. /etc (crontabs, etc): don't let users fill the root
> > In general, I don't want anything that grows over time or is
> > user-writable to be on my root file system, crontabs included.
> That's a pretty good reason! I was thinking of somthing like that, but
> the thought just wouldn't jell.
On a related, although admittedly tangential note:
I am going through my system trying to secure it from net attack. I
have a couple of questions that someone here may be able answer better
than I have:
1) Should the hard drives be group readable? The MAKEDEV script sets
them up that way.
2) The /etc/motd that gets built during bootup is set up mode 666. My
book says 644. I am inclined to 644 myself. Any other thoughts?
3) /etc/security is world readable. Does that cause anyone concern?
4) /kern is group and world readable / executable. Do userland
processes need to be able to read the contents of /kern?
5) /var/spool/uucppublic is world writable. While this makes sense to
me, my book says no. Ideas?
That's about all for now. Back to the grind.