[svlug] Should my /etc/passwd really be mode 644?

Steve Litt slitt at troubleshooters.com
Fri Oct 2 17:24:38 PDT 2015

Hi all,

I just noticed on my Void Linux VM and on my Void laptop, /etc/passwd
is world readable. I set it to mode 600, and the whoami command stopped
working. Then I looked at my Debian Wheezy box, and both these files
are also world readable on Wheezy.

I don't want others knowing the usernames of all accounts on my
computer. What am I missing here?


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