[cvsnt] Re: Upgrading from 2.0.40 to 2.058b: Problems with permissions

Tony Hoyle tmh at nodomain.org
Mon Oct 25 15:46:31 BST 2004

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Johannes Kilian wrote:
> What are the reasons that it's not  recommended to run the service as 
> another user? We've done this since we are using CVSNT (since its 
> earliest days) and had never problems with it ... What are the 
> advantages of using the CVS specific settings? I need good arguments to 
> justify the switch to your recommended method ...

It's hard to get the permissions right on another user - you end up 
giving them things like admin priviliges which is actually more powerful 
than LocalSystem (LocalSystem is limited in what it can do - for example 
it has no external network access).

If you tell CVS to switch to a user itself that user can be completely 
unpriviliged eg. Guest.  The switch is done almost immediately after the 
cvs process loads (before any user input is processed) so is completely 


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