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Date:      Sun, 3 Aug 2014 01:45:54 +0200
From:      Roland Smith <rsmith@xs4all.nl>
To:        "William A. Mahaffey III" <wam@hiwaay.net>
Cc:        FreeBSD Questions !!!! <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: permission problems w/ ordinary user ....
Message-ID:  <20140802234554.GA34503@slackbox.erewhon.home>
In-Reply-To: <53DD742F.3020408@hiwaay.net>
References:  <53DD742F.3020408@hiwaay.net>

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On Sat, Aug 02, 2014 at 06:28:47PM -0500, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
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> .... I have been trying to setup the regular user (me, non-root) on my=20
> newly minted FreeBSD 9.3 box. I tried su-ing from tooy & ssh-ing in as=20
> me from another box, both give weird results, see the following from my=
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> syslog:
>=20
>=20
> Aug  2 17:59:03 kabini1 ntpd[676]: ntpd 4.2.4p5-a (1)
> Aug  2 17:59:03 kabini1 kernel: .
> Aug  2 18:02:16 kabini1 ntpd[677]: time reset -0.337616 s
> Aug  2 18:17:11 kabini1 su: _secure_path: cannot stat=20
> /home/wam/.login_conf: Permission denied
> Aug  2 18:17:11 kabini1 su: _secure_path: cannot stat=20
> /home/wam/.login_conf: Permission denied

That could be a symptom of the x permission disappearing.

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> also, the home-directory keeps getting the 'x' permission bit set to off=
=20
> by .... something ....

To the best of my knowledge there is nothing in the base system that normal=
ly
does that.

But if the x bit _is_ disappearing, then something is doing a chmod(1) or
chmod(2).

Do you have any scripts or cron jobs running? Or is there a chmod in one of
your rc files like ~/.profile, ~/.tcshrc or /etc/csh.cshrc?

You could set the user immutable flag or even the system immutable flag on
that directory (or remount the partition as read-only) and see if you get a=
ny
error messages in /var/log/messages.

> I can ssh in as root no sweat

Yikes. That is usually the first thing I'd disable!


Roland
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