On Mon, 2 Nov 1998, William R. Dickson -- System Administration wrote:
> At 12:57 PM -0600 11/2/98, Jason L Tibbitts III wrote:
> >WRD> newaliases: cannot open
> >WRD> /usr/local/libexec/majordomo2/lists/ALIASES/awenet.com: Permission
> >WRD> denied
> >root can't open a file? Huh? Is your sendmail not setuid root?
> I think it is:
> -r-sr-sr-x 4 root kmem 307650 Jun 17 11:08 /usr/sbin/sendmail
Many versions run as root, but will not open a file unless it has
the correct ownership. It complains bitterly if my ownership isn't
correct for my lists directory. Sendmail IS running an root, but it still
doesn't like to abuse that. It is a security feature, more than anything.
By not doing things as root, it is much safer.
Jason Rasku, Box 270, Rossland, B.C., V0G 1Y0, (250) 362-5701,
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