Files are not directories. Their permissions must be
different because they have different meanings. I think its
safe to say that if a file in /etc/skel needs to be world
readable, then any subdirectory should be world readable and
I agree with your take on the intent. I'd always been taught that
'everything' is a file in *nix, just that some files are more special than others
:), using the higher order bits of the mode to indicate what kind of 'special'.
Looking at the benchmark I wasn't sure if the id used to collect the files in
/etc/skel (oval:mil.disa.fso.rhel.obj:13300) distinguished bewteen regular files and
directories. This same object is used for checking the owner/group restrictions as well
as the permissions. GEN001820 (allowed user owners) explicitly calls out for checking
directories, whereas GEN001830 (allowed group owner) just references the files themselves.
I don't have a box up right now with the SCC checker running to see what happens to
either man pages (except that I don't see GEN001280 in the benchmark) or if KDE is