I have a system where to the main server (homes, nfs, ntp, queue...) can log-in only root – all the other users use front-end host with NFS-mounted home directories (RW) and all other software directories (read-only).

My problem is, that time to time, if root or normal user with sudo makes some administrative works on front-end some homes of normal users getting set-uid/gid bits (drwsr-sr-x). If it happens usually the user can't log-in (as long as permission for his home are not changed to drwxr-xr-x).

The last time I saw it after compiling some new software (normal user configure;make) and installation from the same directory as root (su and make install or direct as normal user sudo make install).

Can somebody explain me why it happens and what should I do to get rid of this problem?

p.s. I'm using CentOS 5.7

  • SetUID/GID bits are NOT Sticky bits! – mdpc Jun 15 '12 at 22:14

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