Linux File and Directory Permission
There are a lot of good security features built into Linux-based systems, one very important potential vulnerability can exist when local access is granted - that is file permission based issues resulting from a user not assigning the correct permissions to files and directories.
Here is an output from the
ls -l command to see the file and directories permissions.
$ ls -l total 56 drwxr-xr-x@ 7 robin staff 238 1 Oct 00:28 categories -rw-r--r--@ 1 robin staff 411 16 Sep 22:50 desc.jade
The permissions string is illustrated in the following graph.
Type - the first character (
If you look at the permission string, the first character is used to indicate whether it is a Regular file by beginning with a
-, or it will begin with a
d if it is a Directory. Or an
| if it is a Symbolic link.
Read, Write and Execute Characters (
w , and
The other characters that you encounter in the permissions string are
w , and
x . They represents the main types of permissions.
If you have a Read permissions to a file that means you can see its content. For example you can run
cat against the file to see the file's content. If you have Write permissions to a file, you can modify its content. If you have Execute permission, you can run that file as a program.
Read, Write and Execute are fairly self explanatory when there applied to files. However, they have a slightly different meaning when they are applied to directories.
|Allows a file to be read.
|Allows file names in the directory to be read.
|Allows a file to be modified.
|Allows entries to be modified within the directory.
|Allows the execution of a file.
|Allows access to content and metadata for entries.
There are categories of users that Read , Write and Execute permissions can be applied to. These categories are User , Group , Other and All . And like permission types, each one is represented by a single letter.
|Represents the User that owns the file.
|The users that are in file's Group.
|Users that are not the owner or are not in the file's group are considered as Other.
|Represents All, or everybody.
Group permissions and Changing permissions
You can run the
groups command to displays what groups you are a member of. To change the group, you can run
chgrp [groupname] [filename].
In addition, to change the permissions, you will need to use
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