[Adduser-devel] Bug#502150: adduser: EXTRA_GROUPS example should *not* contain group "games"

Josh Triplett josh at freedesktop.org
Mon Oct 13 23:37:03 UTC 2008

Package: adduser
Version: 3.110
Severity: normal

Back in April 2007, someone filed bug 419572 (still open) saying that
powermanga didn't save high scores.  Someone else suggested the
"workaround" of adding the user to group "games"; however, normal
users should never have group "games", because that group exists
specifically so that games can write data that normal users cannot
tamper with.  Bug 419572 then got cloned as 435642 against adduser
asking for the commented EXTRA_GROUPS example to include group
"games", and adduser made that change.

That change should never have occurred.  Please remove group "games"
from the EXTRA_GROUPS example.

As previously suggested in bug 432710, the EXTRA_GROUPS example should
match the groups debian-installer adds the first user to.  (Even after
removing group "games", that doesn't hold true, but that represents a
different bug.)

- Josh Triplett

-- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.27-rc9-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Versions of packages adduser depends on:
ii  debconf [debconf-2.0]         1.5.24     Debian configuration management sy
ii  passwd                        1:4.1.1-5  change and administer password and
ii  perl-base                     5.10.0-16  minimal Perl system

adduser recommends no packages.

Versions of packages adduser suggests:
ii  liblocale-gettext-perl        1.05-4     Using libc functions for internati
ii  perl-modules                  5.10.0-16  Core Perl modules

-- debconf information:
  adduser/homedir-permission: true

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