Subject: Re: /var vs. /etc (crontabs, etc): don't let users fill the root
To: None <>
From: Dave Burgess <>
List: current-users
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.