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Re: using Solaris pax to get files mode 777
From: patton () SYSNET NET (Matthew Patton)
Date: Sun, 11 Oct 1998 14:33:32 -0400

Victor Lavrenko wrote:
If you are running utilities under root and don't read manuals,
your system will be full of security holes.

while I concede your arguments regarding reading man pages, what on earth
is Sun doing using 777 as the mask? At the very least it should be using
the active umask or defaulting to 755 or even safer 700. There is no excuse
for programs deliberately going out of their way to make systems insecure
when running with 'default' arguments. This is simply another case of
irresponsible coding by Sun programmers.

I refuse to use slowaris. And don't have their man pages to consult. What
percentage of admins do you seriously think read the man page on every
bloody command they ever issue? On every different platform they
administer? Get real!

"Yes, the president should resign. He has lied to the American people,
 time and time again, and betrayed their trust. He is no longer an
 effective leader.  Since he has admitted guilt, there is no reason to
 put the American people through an impeachment. He will serve
 absolutely no purpose in finishing out his term, the only possible
 solution is for the president to save some dignity and resign."
  -- William Jefferson Clinton, July 1974 on President Nixon --

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