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Re: Bits from the release team: the plans for etch

Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña <jfs@computer.org> wrote:

> On Wed, Oct 26, 2005 at 01:53:19PM +0200, Gabor Gombas wrote:
>> On Wed, Oct 26, 2005 at 11:11:00AM +0200, Javier Fernández-Sanguino Pe?a wrote:
>> > That really depends on the daemon itself don't you think? There's a number of
>> > daemons that don't create any file at all or, if they do, are created
>> > only on a given directory which is removed on purge. In these cases, removing
>> > the user on postrm's purge might make sense. As I said, that would be an
>> > option. 
>> It is still possible that those daemons _read_ some files (e.g. config
>> files), and the admin did a chown/chgrp to the daemon's user. Removing
>> the user and reusing the UID/GID will suddenly make those files
>> accessible for a random new package which may not be intended at all.
> Wrong. That is only true in the chown() case. Which is not a sensible thing
> to do. Daemons should be able to read their configuration files but they
> usually *don't* need to *write* them, so they should *not* own them. 

What about log files with sensitive content?

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Inst. f. Biochemie der Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer

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