Why is the chmod values in /home insecure by default?

Jesper Wallin z3l3zt at hackunite.net
Mon Apr 19 01:54:02 PDT 2004


I'm running FreeBSD 5.2.1-RELEASE-p5 and when I create new user accounts with "adduser",
the home directories are world readable/executable.. Sure, it might be useful if I want
to publish a website in my public_html, but yet, it should be up to the user if he want
to have his homedir world-readable, but by default it should be set to "chmod 700" or
"chmod 750" if each user has their own group imho. However, I saw that "adduser" had a
config file (/etc/adduser.conf) but the there is no manual entry for adduser.conf and I
can't find any example for it.. How can I change the default permission for new

Jesper Wallin

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