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10.5: How to set NSUmask in Leopard
Authored by: xr4ti on Dec 29, '07 01:43:00PM

Just want to confirm that I've tried
-the two NSUmask techniques (neither of them work)
-the .launchd.conf technique (doesn't work)
-the /etc/launchd.conf (works, but...)

I wanted umask 077, for less vulnerabilities and greater privacy. Putting umask 077 in /etc/launchd.conf does work, but it does, as I feared, effect how some system processes create files. That could cause some errant behavior, or could even cause a process to fail. I haven't seen my /var/log/system.log roll over yet, but I'll be interested to see what happens when it does.

I'm going to recommend that my employer think twice about moving to Leopard until they can be sure that the world-readable issues are resolved. It's absolutely ridiculous that Apple took this approach.

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