How the heck can it work?

Ron Alexander rcalex at
Mon Jul 24 20:06:47 GMT 2000

What do you mean by It? Can you kindly be a little more specific as I see it
the following are involved.

1. The inetd daemon. What perms, SUID etc should it have.
2. The inetd.conf. It specifies root as one of the parameters. Why?
3. The swat program. If I make it SUID it works differently.
4. The perms on the smb.conf file.

I know VOS is not Unix. Do you mind helping someone port samba to a new
platform? (notwithstanding the non POSIX port of 1.9... by Erik)

Ron Alexander

-----Original Message-----
From: samba-technical-admin at
[mailto:samba-technical-admin at]On Behalf Of Gerald Carter
Sent: July 24, 2000 4:00 PM
To: Ron Alexander
Cc: Samba-Technical
Subject: Re: How the heck can it work?

Ron Alexander wrote:
> I am trying to set the smb.conf permissions to 640
> as recommended. When I do, I still have FULL access to all
> the swat functions. I believe it is due to the fact that
> swat is started from inetd and the inetd.conf has a user of
> root (as documented in the doc'n I have found so far)
> Is it actually possible to have swat run as root and get
> LESS access to the file?

It is supposed to remember the uid of the user who logged
in.  Works ok on UNIX.

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