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Browsing around my shared hosting account on Dreamhost, I noticed that I could not create users if the name is already taken. I can cd /home/username if I created the username, but I can't cd /home/username if the username is not one I created. I can't even begin to explain what is going on with the enhanced security box enabled.

Can anyone possibly explain what Dreamhost does to get this level of security?

Thanks!

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That's pretty basic Linux security... –  ceejayoz Nov 30 '11 at 3:56
    
You are more than welcomed to answer the question then. :) –  dab Nov 30 '11 at 4:01
    
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chmod –  ceejayoz Nov 30 '11 at 4:04
    
Really? All they use is chmod? I'm aware of its existence but by no means am I familiar with it. I suppose now is the best time to learn it! –  dab Nov 30 '11 at 4:06

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Most likely, all the users you create are in the same group. Every other user is in a different group then you. With some trivial filesystem permissions, you would get exactly the behavior indicated. I'm actually rather surprised they let you create users in the first place.

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