[Chicago-talk] mkdir() question

Steven Lembark lembark at wrkhors.com
Thu Dec 2 19:59:12 PST 2010

On Thu, 2 Dec 2010 20:16:56 +0000
"Young, Darren" <Darren.Young at chicagobooth.edu> wrote:

> Can't change ownership of a 
> directory to something other than yourself if 
> you're not root right?

Depends on the O/S and parent dir mods.

> I've considered the options of setuid-perl 
> (argh), running the web server as something 
> else (ugh) suexec under Apache or even setting 
> the permissions on /export/home to that of 
> apache. Though the latter won't solve the 
> chown problem.

Write a daemon to monitor the directory and
hack the mods for you. All it needs to do is
scan /home for dir's that don't match their 
owner. The last one I wrote took about 15 
linws of code with the curlys, if-ladder, and
signal handlers for hup and term.

> Anyone have any other thoughts before I hang 
> myself with setuid root?

Please don't hang ypurself.

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