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[LDM #EKK-941581]: LDM password/security ramification issues?

Hi Gilbert (with CC to Tyler),

I just couldn't resist jumping in here...

> Tyler Allison and I have been discussing the issue about needing to enter
> the ldm and root passwords to get LDM 6.9X to install. As I am probably
> not anywhere fully understanding the ramifications and how/why this is
> done, could you please explain to us why it is needed, and when it occurs
> in the install process?

This requirement is _no_ different than for all previous versions of the

- one has to logon as the user running the LDM to build it
- one has always needed to run 'make install_setuids' as 'root' to
  finish the installation

  Reminder: the action done by 'root' sets the needed permissions on
  'hupsyslog' and 'rpc.ldmd' (now known as 'ldmd').  'hupsyslog' needs
  to be able to run as 'root' in order to send a HUP signal to the syslog
  daemon, and 'rpc.ldmd/ldmd' needs to initially run as 'root' to get
  port 388.

What Steve did was to force users to do final installation step as 'root',
and this is a good thing.  Over the years, we have had to spend too much
time troubleshooting user problems that eventually were traced down to
their not having fully installed the LDM.


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Ticket Details
Ticket ID: EKK-941581
Department: Support LDM
Priority: Normal
Status: Open

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