Scott Roberts wrote:
so the steps...
create user and group
install directory as root
set server user and group to user and group created
setup will do this for you.
Does "installing" the directory as root affect how the
DS starts (or anything else for that matter)?
No. In fact, you have to install the
RPM as root.
And if I
set the server user and group to something I create,
will the DS start as them?
The DS will start as root, and start the server
listening to ports
389/636, then the server will "drop privileges" to run as the non-root
user (nobody:nobody by default).
Trying to ascertain if I
need to config the DS startup in the OS to switch
users. Probably a common thing in rc.local or whatever
and I'm an idiot :)
No, the server just does it automatically. As long as you specify the
user to use during setup.
Again thanks for answering the newb question. I just
need to research linux more and get this baby running
the correct way.
--- Pete Rowley <prowley(a)redhat.com> wrote:
> Scott Roberts wrote:
>> New to linux and was wondering what is the best
>> practice for choosing a user and group for running
>> applications? Is running an app as root the normal
>> thing to do?
>> Is running apps as root a bad thing?
>> security risk?
>> Sorry for the stupid question but have
>> seen different docs saying what to run a directory
>> The RH docs say if you want to run directory on
>> default ports run as root. Thats what I plan to
> This refers to starting the DS, but the DS is
> configured to run as
> another user/group. When the DS starts up it opens
> the ports it
> requires and then changes to the configured
> user/group in order that
> under normal running conditions it has a lower
> security profile.
> Starting the DS as root is required to open ports
> 389 and 636, the
> designated LDAP and LDAPS ports, but please do
> configure the server to
> switch to a user/group which you have created
> specifically for the DS.
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