Controlling read access

Catalin Miclaus catalin at
Fri Aug 1 00:50:54 UTC 2008

Hello John,

If you are providing only FTP services for those users, perhaps you want
to go for an FTP server that handles virtual users.
I'm using pure-ftpd and it works great.
Google will help you find some nice howto's for same.

Best Regards
Catalin Miclaus
Network/Security ISP-Data
Starcomms Ltd.

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-freebsd-questions at
[mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at] On Behalf Of John Almberg
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2008 10:17 PM
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Subject: Controlling read access 

I operate a server on which I am typically the only ssh user, but I  
do provide a small number of users ftp access.

Each user has their own home directory. Currently all home  
directories have read permission set for 'other'. This means if I log  
in as one user, I can read and even download the contents of other  
users home directories.

I want to block this read access. What is the best way to do this?  
Turn off the read bit for 'other'? Or is there some better way?

Thanks: John

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