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Re: sshd "owned by root" error

On May  6 16:42, Christopher Faylor wrote:
> On Fri, May 06, 2005 at 12:41:55PM -0400, Igor Pechtchanski wrote:
> >On Fri, 6 May 2005, Ordal, Peter wrote:
> >>I just finished an install of Cygwin's OpenSSH on XP SP 2.  Along the
> >>way I got the error:
> >>
> >>/var/empty must be owned by root and not group or world-writable.
> >>
> >>This has been discussed several places before, I know.  Still, I had a
> >>different experience than previous posts.  I found that what "owned by
> >>root" meant was actually owned by the account running sshd.  So, when I
> >>ran /usr/sbin/sshd -D under my domain account, I had to chown
> >>/var/empty to my account.
> >
> >The above might be a good candidate for the FAQ...
> I think the error message should probably be changed instead, although I
> suspect that the upstream openssh maintainers might balk at that.

They will, no doubt about it.  The test for ownership is generally guarded
by a test for the "root" user.  Only on Cygwin the test also tests for the
user running sshd.  So that's FAQ fodder.


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