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Date: Wed, 07 Oct 2020 20:07:34 +0000
From: Noel Kuntze <>
Subject: Re: Debian FEATURE: /home/loser is with permissions 755, default umask 0022


It'd be sensible for the mode to be 751 and have public_html and, for example, a hypothetical "share" directory to have mode 755.

Kind regards


Am October 7, 2020 7:18:56 PM UTC schrieb Jeremy Stanley <>:
>On 2020-10-07 21:00:35 +0300 (+0300), Georgi Guninski wrote:
>> ===
>> /home/loser is with permissions 755, default umask 0022
>> on multiuser machines this sucks much.
>> on a multiuser debian mirror we found a lot of data,
>> including the wordpress password of the admin.
>> ===
>It's tradition that on multi-user systems, users would want to share
>data with one another and also serve content from their home
>directories in Web sites. Further, it's not at all uncommon for
>sysadmins to not understand or consider the system defaults when
>making deployment decisions and failing to secure sensitive files.
>As a long-time Debian user myself, I agree that this default is
>showing its age, and can represent a risk for operators who overlook
>> Then in the thread someone with email explains
>> to me it is a feature, not a bug.
>Nowhere in that response do they call it a feature, and it's
>disingenuous of you to imply that they did. It's a default, which is
>almost always going to be a balance between two (or more) competing
>needs. Also, I encourage you to take a guess at how many people
>there are "with email" (hint, it's not a small number).
>A more informative response would probably have been to point you to
> which provides pointers to
>where and how this would need to be solved in the long run.
>> In a addition, they suggest to tell them the mirror, lol.
>Yes, do you fault them for wanting to remove a likely compromised
>server from the network of volunteer-run package mirrors?
>> Are debian detached from reality?
>Your brusque and insulting attitude (saying their choices suck,
>calling them detached from reality, laughing at their explanations)
>is likely to trigger glib responses and cause people to be less
>inclined to pay attention to what you have to say.
>Jeremy Stanley

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