Re: Proposal: restrict link(2)

Harald Koenig (
Wed, 11 Dec 1996 13:30:55 +0100 (MET)

> If, however, /tmp/foo is a HARD link to /etc/passwd, chown("/tmp/foo",
> uid, gid) will lead to the user owning /etc/passwd - not a desirable
> thing, in general.
> My proposal would be to disallow linking a file into a directory which
> has the sticky bit set unless the owner of the file is attempting this.
> In other words, Joe Random Cracker can't do a 'ln /etc/passwd /tmp/foo'
> beforehand.

why is Joe Random Cracker allowed to make a hard link to /etc/passwd at all
(or to any other file not owed by him) ?


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