Subject: Re: How to build X source?
To: None <>
From: Jeremy C. Reed <>
List: current-users
Date: 12/18/2002 13:02:42
On Wed, 18 Dec 2002, Frederick Bruckman wrote:

> How does a regular user make "xterm" suid root?

For those who don't know about it:

pax now has capability to set the permissions (for the files in the
created archive file) using mtree specifications. (Thanks to L. Mewburn.)

For example, my destdir's passwd(1):

-r-xr-xr-x  2 reed  src  17800 Nov 19 12:08 usr/bin/passwd

Then the METALOG file (built via the script) used by the
pax to create a tarfile contains:

./home/src/usr/bin/passwd type=file mode=04555 uname=root gname=wheel

So software in the tar sets can be setuid root. Now extracting and
preserving this info must be done as root.

   Jeremy C. Reed