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Setuid Program with (-rwsr-sr-x 1 root other ) UID/EUID issue

Hi,

I have a program with the following suid setup
-rwsr-sr-x 1 root other 653 Aug 16 17:00 restart_server

It basically starts up a service that has to be started by root. I just want the normal users to be able to restart the service using the script above.

But when the servers are restarted, when i do a ps -ef , they show the username of the user who runs the script and not as root, in the first column.

How can I solve this issue. as the server will only work as expected if it runs as root and the above setuid setup ps -ef | greps to username and not root.

Please advise

Thanks

Last edited by 0ktalmagik; 08-16-2006 at 10:21 PM..
# 2  
Are you actually calling the setuid() system call inside that code? If you are not and are only setting the setuid bit on the file, then only the euid is set to root. The difference is seen here:
Code:
#include<stdio.h>
#include<unistd.h>  
int main() {          
   fprintf(stdout,"euid: %d",geteuid());
   fprintf(stdout,"uid: %d",getuid());
   execl("/bin/sh","sh",0);
}

Code:
#include<stdio.h>
#include<unistd.h>  
int main() {          
   setuid(0);
   fprintf(stdout,"euid: %d",geteuid());
   fprintf(stdout,"uid: %d",getuid());
   execl("/bin/sh","sh",0);
}

Complie both the codes, set the suid flag and run them. The id and the whoami commands should show you the difference.

It is most likely that the code that you are using has not used the setuid call.
# 3  
Hi,

Its a shell script. rws by root, r_s by group named "other" and r_x by all others.

How can i set the uid from inside a setuid program. please let me know.

Also I dont have a c compiler on the system.
Thanks
# 4  
OK, what system are you using? Quite a few systems do not honour the setuid bit on the shell script, as they (setuid scripts) are considered a security hazard.
# 5  
Hi,

Im running Solaris 9 32 bit on a sparc-64 bit system.

Thanks
# 6  
Then it wont work... Solaris does not honour the setuid bit on shell scripts so your program will not run as root.
# 7  
any workarounds??

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