Re: permissions in /sbin
On Dec 5, 2007, at 5:51 AM, John Hasler wrote:
OK - but according to RUTE sbin = "Superuser binary executables.
The "s" is for "system", not for "superuser".
These are programs for system administration only. Only the root will
have these executables in their path" ("Rute User's Tutorial &
Exposition", Paul Sheer, 2002; p137).
Any user can add /sbin to her path.
And I often have done, usually after getting tired of seeing 'command
not found' for the umpteenth time. A lot of Unix-ish systems put
fairly innocuous and commonly used stuff like traceroute and ntpq
One obvious problem with removing permissions on all this stuff is
there are sometimes situations where an ordinary user legitimately
needs to run, say, mount.