handling of 'use chroot'

Martin Pool mbp at samba.org
Sat Sep 1 09:41:13 EST 2001

On 31 Aug 2001, Dave Dykstra <dwd at bell-labs.com> wrote:
> I think that all we should do is provide a more useful error message when
> not running as root and the "use chroot = no" option has not been
> specified, a message that suggests using "use chroot = no".  I implemented
> "use chroot = no" because I wanted to run rsync --daemon as a non-privileged 
> user, and I'm not entirely confident about the checks I put in place to
> prevent somebody from accessing any files outside the root directory.  I
> think they're right, but as far as I know nobody but me has ever tried very
> hard to break it.  I'd rather have people who aren't running rsync as root
> be forced to realize that they aren't getting as good protection.

OK, that sounds good to me: if they install as non-root, then they
don't get such good protection, but at least it works.  This might
also prevent breakage on platforms where chroot links but does not
work, such as (perhaps?) NT.


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