Subject: Re: procmail package?
To: matthew green <>
From: Todd Vierling <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 08/07/1998 08:04:53
On Fri, 7 Aug 1998, matthew green wrote:

: why does the procmail package install, by default, as setuid root?  this
: is insecure even if procmail is supposedly OK :)

It's a MDA, and can function as a replacement for mail.local.  It has to be
able to setuid() to the destination user in order to write to that user's
mailbox securely (and on systems where /var/mail is mode 755, in order to
create a nonexistent mailbox).

-- Todd Vierling (Personal; Bus.