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Re: [ITA] - base-files base-passwd

On Sep 17 21:23, Andy Koppe wrote:
> On 17 September 2010 15:50, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> >> 5 As stated in the referenced thread, there is no way to prevent attackers
> >> to create a user's home dir before she/he logins the first time other than
> >> disallowing anyone but the Administrator to do that.
> >> If the proposed workaround (issuing a warning if $HOME already exists and
> >> is owned by someone else) is considered enough, I'll include it.
> >> I haven't thought of anything better than that.
> >
> > It's good enough for a start. ÂIf we come up with a better solution,
> > we can still change it, right?
> I think there's little point in just adding a warning actually,
> because that wouldn't stop prepared startup scripts in the user's fake
> home from being sourced.
> Also, there likely are some users whose home directory is owned by
> someone else for innocuous reasons, e.g. because they themselves
> created it when they were logged in as administrator. And of course
> they wouldn't take kindly to a warning, and even less to a fatal
> error.

Which is not a good idea anyway.  The home dir should belong to the
user.  After all, Cygwin is not Windows(*) but a POSIX system.
OpenSSH for instance checks if the home dir belongs to the user and
has sufficiently strict permissions.


(*) Yes, yes, I know.  Don't rub it in.

Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
Cygwin Project Co-Leader          cygwin AT cygwin DOT com
Red Hat

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