Subject: Re: Moving crontab to user's home dir
To: Curt Sampson <>
From: Gandhi woulda smacked you <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/09/1999 10:59:15
On Thu, 8 Apr 1999, Curt Sampson wrote:

# On Fri, 9 Apr 1999, Ronald Khoo wrote:
# > Protect users from being burnt by editing the crontabs directly: just
# > make /etc/fron/tabs non-user-searcheable...
# This does not make the file un-editable. And you can't just hope


I thought the same thing too, except he didn't say make the directory
non-READable, he explicitly said non-SEARCHable (i.e. no execute bit).

When was the last time you were able to stat, let alone edit, something
in a directory that was mode 644?

We need do nothing except play the same setid game we're playing now,

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