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This is WRONG and should not have been allowed onto the site.
Authored by: steeviant on Apr 18, '05 09:44:51PM

This hint is WRONG. Apple have not, and will not ever disable SUID/SGID on OS X, they have simply disabled SUID scripts, like almost every other Unix in existence.

What the hell is wrong with this site regurgitating rubbish like this? Does anyone even do a modicum of checking before putting the hints online?

This site is going downhill in a big way, first it gets plastered with ads and now it starts posting rubbish "hints" like this one which states that Apple have made a change which would make it broadly incompatible with other Unix systems, when in fact all they've done is to bring OS X into line with them on a security matter.



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This is WRONG and should not have been allowed onto the site.
Authored by: gshenaut on Apr 18, '05 10:01:28PM

I don't agree. It is true that Linux doesn't allow suid on scripts, but many versions of *nix do allow it, for example Solaris & FreeBSD. The reason the hint is valid in my opinion is that Apple snuck in a rather surprising change to the kernel (the addition of kern.sugid_scripts with a default of 0) without announcing it (or if it was announced, no one here saw it). Now that I am aware of the issue, when various scripts I have in various places stop working, I'll know why & what to do about it.

Greg Shenaut



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This is WRONG and should not have been allowed onto the site.
Authored by: robg on Apr 20, '05 01:15:35PM

Amazingly enough, I find it impossible to (a) know everything about everything, (b) have enough time to research 100% of those things that I don't know about, (c) keep everyone happy all of the time.

In the case of this hint, I read it, went to Apple's site to read about the changes, found reference to the SUID change, and so published the story. I didn't catch the difference between binaries and scripts -- but that's the beauty of this site. The community did notice, and now I've updated the story with the proper note.

So sorry you're disappointed with my efforts, but really, I'm doing the best I can. And as for 'plastered with ads,' please count carefully. Depending on the time of day, you'll either find two or three. Hardly plastered. Still, if it annoys you that much, blocking them really isn't all that hard ... and if you find the quality has gone too far downhill here, the answer is also easy -- find somewhere else to read about OS X hints. Regardless, I'll keep doing the best I can do, which is clearly never enough to satisfy everyone.

regards;
-rob.



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