Subject: Re: New netsaint packages
To: NetBSD Packages Technical Discussion List <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Murray Armfield <email@example.com>
Date: 03/21/2002 16:01:59
Thanks for the comments on user/group stuff Greg. Have changed over all
user/group stuff in new netsaint pkgs to netsaint user and group (as per
Shouldn't this then be fixed in the apache package? It still uses nobody.
There are probably other packages with the same issue, as you may know. They
should be fixed, surely?
What about submitting it?
On Thu, 21 Mar 2002 15:37, you wrote:
> [ On Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 14:12:46 (+1100), Murray Armfield wrote: ]
> > Subject: New netsaint packages
> > I have made one major change being that the daemon user and group for
> > the monitoring program changes from netsaint to nobody. It makes the
> > apache integration a bit easier. If this is unacceptable, please let me
> > know.
> 'nobody' must not ever be used by either apache or netsaint (or anything
> else, for that matter) if the server is also an NFS server (at least not
> if '-maproot=nobody' is ever used to export any directory)
> (nobody should be '-2:-2' too, but that's another story)
> In fact it's probably a best if netsaint and apache not even run nder
> the same user-ids, and it's definitely best to NEVER use 'nobody' for
> things that are not explicitly NFS related (i.e. where you need to allow
> client root IDs write access to some exported object).
> There's nothing difficult or complex about integrating Netsaint with its
> web administration scripts while still keeping it secure, so I don't
> think there's any excuse for compromising here.
> The only netsaint directory that has to be writable by the web server
> (err, rather more properly by the netsaint CGI scripts run by the web
> server) is the ~netsaint/var/rw directory, and it should be group
> writable by the group the web server runs the CGIs as, but owned (and
> writable) by the netsaint user.
> For example my netsaint runs as netsaint:netsaint, and my web server
> runs as wwwsrvr:wwwsrvr:
> $ ll ~netsaint/var
> total 136
> 24 drwxrwxr-x 2 netsaint netsaint 11776 Mar 20 00:00 archives
> 486297 2 -rw-r--r-- 1 root netsaint 4 Dec 23 02:15
> netsaint.lock 486607 80 -rw-r--r-- 1 netsaint netsaint 40178 Mar 20
> 23:25 netsaint.log 493709 2 drwxrwxr-x 2 netsaint wwwsrvr 512 Jan 22
> 2001 rw
> 486608 16 -rw-r--r-- 1 netsaint netsaint 8095 Mar 20 23:27 status.log
> 486296 12 -rw-r--r-- 1 netsaint netsaint 5867 Mar 18 20:00 status.sav
> and my netsaint configs are writable by the 'netstadm' group, to which
> all netsaint admins are members of (or have the newgrp password for)
> $ ll ~netsaint
> total 12
> 293927 2 drwxr-xr-x 2 root wheel 512 Jan 22 2001 bin
> 892207 2 drwxrwxr-x 3 root netstadm 512 Mar 20 11:36 etc
> 979306 2 drwxr-xr-x 2 root wheel 1024 Feb 23 2001 libexec
> 631112 2 drwxr-xr-x 2 root wheel 512 Jan 22 2001 sbin
> 968484 2 drwxr-xr-x 6 root wheel 512 Jan 22 2001 share
> 500577 2 drwxrwxr-x 4 netsaint netsaint 512 Mar 20 23:34 var
> All the programs and other static files are of course owned by root and
> writable only by root.