Originally Posted by glennzo
I think the whole idea of security in Linux is that no users have access to other users' home folders by default. You can access the folders as root.
I think you need to read a *nix 101 book. So very wrong.
Here is a very basic outline of the basic file control bits,
It covers owner, group associations and also the permission mask bits.
What a lot of noobs and even experienced users don't underestand is that
there is also another layer of control provided by POSIX ACL, and the
POSIX "roles" feature. You can't set up a network interface unless you
take the CAP_NET_admin role and that is NOT necessarily associated with
the root account !
NO ! The basic permission system gives users the ability to control file
read/write/execute access based for the owner, the group associated with
the file and for "world" (every user). This is pretty flexible, but the ACLs go
way beyond this and provide any number of sets of access permissions per
flie. This is much finer control yet.