Bug#202944: [Adduser-devel] Bug#202944: adduser: default dirmode: not world readable?

Marc Haber mh+debian-packages at zugschlus.de
Sat Feb 11 09:41:20 UTC 2006

On Sat, Feb 11, 2006 at 10:05:55AM +0100, Olaf van der Spek wrote:
> Marc Haber wrote:
> >On Fri, Feb 10, 2006 at 10:57:14PM +0100, Olaf van der Spek wrote:
> >>What is the reason home directories are world readable (by default)?
> >
> >Historical Reasons. It has always been that way, there is a way to
> >change the default, and changing the default is going to cause trouble
> >for existing installations.
> What kind of trouble exactly?

Many possible kinds. I haven't bothered to think about it in detail.

> And doesn't the default only apply to new installations?

Which would lead to inconsistent behavior in installations where both
older and newer installations mix.

I'm going to stick to policy 10.9 here and keep what has been our
default for many years. Please discuss this on -devel and/or come down
with a ruling of the tech ctte.


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