How to use suid sgid and sticky bits on linux

There are 3 special permission that are available for executable files and directories. These are :

1. SUID permission
2. SGID permission
3. Sticky bit

Set-user Identification (SUID)

Have you ever thought, how a non-root user can change his own password when he does not have write permission to the /etc/shadow file. hmmm… interesting isn’t it? Well to understand the trick check for the permission of /usr/bin/passwd command :

– If you check carefully, you would find the 2 S’s in the permission field. The first s stands for the SUID and the second one stands for SGID.
– When a command or script with SUID bit set is run, its effective UID becomes that of the owner of the file, rather than of the user who is running it.
– Another good example of SUID is the su command :

– The setuid permission displayed as an “s” in the owner’s execute field.

How to set SUID on a file?

Set-group identification (SGID)

SGID permission on executable file

– SGID permission is similar to the SUID permission, only difference is – when the script or command with SGID on is run, it runs as if it were a member of the same group in which the file is a member.

– The setgid permission displays as an “s” in the group’s execute field.

How to set GUID on a file?

SGID on a directory

– When SGID permission is set on a directory, files created in the directory belong to the group of which the directory is a member.
– For example if a user having write permission in the directory creates a file there, that file is a member of the same group as the directory and not the user’s group.
– This is very useful in creating shared directories.

How to set SGID on a directory

Sticky Bit

– The sticky bit is primarily used on shared directories.
– It is useful for shared directories such as /var/tmp and /tmp because users can create files, read and execute files owned by other users, but are not allowed to remove files owned by other users.
– For example if user bob creates a file named /tmp/bob, other user tom can not delete this file even when the /tmp directory has permission of 777. If sticky bit is not set then tom can delete /tmp/bob, as the /tmp/bob file inherits the parent directory permissions.
– root user (Off course!) and owner of the files can remove their own files.

This is a quick guide on how to configure and use SGID, SUID and the sticky bit on Linux. I will not get into a lot of details, but I will add comments and notes that might help you understand or overcome a few common issues.

SUID – Set-user Identification

When a command or script with SUID bit set is run, its effective UID becomes that of the owner of the file, rather than of the user who is running it.

Note: SUID does not work on scripts that start with a shebang ( #! )

Note: A capital ’S’ (-rwSr–r–) indicates that the execute bit is not set

SGID – Set-group identification

SGID permission is similar to the SUID permission. The main difference is that when a script or command with SGID set is run, it runs as if it were a member of the same group in which the file is a member.

Setting SGID

Note: A capital ’S’ (-rwxr-Sr–) indicates that the execute bit is not set

Sticky bit

Anyone can write, but only the owner can delete the files (just like /tmp ).

Sticky bit is usually set on directories. Setting the sticky bit on a folder does nothing (on Linux).

Setting sticky bit

Notes:

  • A capital ’T’ indicates that the execute bit is not set
  • You should give write permission to make sure that the target users can write to the folder

Additional Special Permissions

A . can represent special permissions (SELinux related).

A + indicates ACLs are applied.

Cheat Table

Mode Octal Symbolic
SUID 4755 u+s
SGID 2775 g+s
Sticky Bit 1777 o+t

Note: Octal mode is not an absolute translation to symbolic mode as symbolic changes only the specified permission set (user, group OR others), while octal overwrites all permission sets (user, group AND others)

How to use suid sgid and sticky bits on linux

In the previous post, you have learned about the three types of permissions on the file: read, write, and executable and how these permissions act differently on files and directories.

Also, I have used symbolic representation to change the permissions in that post because for beginners it is easy to understand. In Linux, there is another way to assign permissions to a file via numbers

How to use suid sgid and sticky bits on linuxThe image is taken from Daniel Miessler’s Blog

The above representation of each set is in a 3-bit binary number system. This means RWX can be written as 111 in binary which means 7 . Look at the table below to get an idea of how you can map symbolic representation with numerical one.

How to use suid sgid and sticky bits on linuxThe image is taken from a Reddit question

SUID – SGID – Sticky Bits

Till now you have seen 3 sets of permissions 777 numbers while performing chmod. There is an additional byte in starting which is optional and by default, it is 0. When you do 777 it also means 0777

Here are the logs from strace

Even though I have used 777, the utility translated it to 0777

The very first permission set is known as special permissions. Like RWX, there are three other bits

  • SUID – Set User ID
  • SGID – Set Group ID
  • Sticky Bit

Since there is no other space available in the permissions set for these 3 bits, it takes the place of x permission in all three groups

The translation would look like

  • rwsrw-r-x – SUID bit set and the binary is executable
  • rwSrw-r-x – SUID bit set and the binary is not executable
  • rwxrwsr-x – SGID bit set and the binary is executable
  • rwxrwSr-x – SGID bit set and the binary is not executable

Let’s forget about the sticky bit for now. I will be discussing it under the “Sticky Bit vs Immutable File” heading

When you run a SUID bit enabled file, it is being executed with the user-id current user but with an effective id of the owner of that file.

SUID / SGID on File vs Directory

You have seen how effective a SUID and SGID is on file. However, we will explore it further in this post. But before that, let me explain its effect when set on the directory.

The SUID bit is ignored in most of the Unix/Linux so it will not affect the files you create in the directory. But when you set the SGID bit on the directory and then create a file inside it, the group of the new files will be the same as the group of directories.

User IDs in a Running Process

Basically, for every process, there are two IDs each for group and user

  • Effective ID(EUID) – The user/group who is the owner of the file (only in case of SUID/SGID)
  • Real ID (RUID) – The user/group who is initially owner of the process

Normally process will have the same EUID as RUID. But in the case of SUID/SGID bit enabled programs, the EUID is changed to file owner/group and RUID remains the same as of the user/group creating process. To make the process “actually” perform actions with the elevated privileges, you still need to use setuid syscall

Here is a secure way to temporary elevate the privileges and then drop them after use

Compile the code and assign proper privileges

The transition of users and groups ids would look like following

How to use suid sgid and sticky bits on linux

Dropping the group privileges after setuid(1000) will fail and it makes sense because users with ID 1000 doesn’t have privileges to call setgid() syscall.

How to use suid sgid and sticky bits on linux

Sticky Bit vs Immutable File

Ever thought of situations where you want to have a directory world-writable by only allow the owner of the file to delete or rename it? Well, that what the sticky bit does. It is specifically for the directory to perform a delete/rename operation.

It takes place of executable permission in the others permission set

  • rwxrwxrwt – Sticky bit is set and directory has executable permission
  • rwxrwxrwT – Sticky bit is set and the directory doesn’t have executable permission

One of the use cases of this feature is /tmp directory

While learning these concepts, I got confused with the immutable files. When you set the immutable flag on the file, being an owner of the file you can’t modify or delete the file.

Limitations of SUID

You have seen me talking about SUID / SGID works for the binary file. You can’t set a suid on shebang script and elevate it to the privileges. Because shebang tells the Linux kernel to include the interpreter defined in the first line

I have a simple python script

How to use suid sgid and sticky bits on linux

Here are the logs from strace

This is the proof of concept that SUID bit set on shebang script will not work

Secondly, if you have a SUID binary placed in the file system that is mounted with the nosuid option, it will not be effective. In other words, on running that file, you cannot escalate the privileges

In my case /tmp directory is mounted with the nosuid option. You can too check it using the following command

Here I use a simple C program to set the uid to 0 and spawn /bin/sh

How to use suid sgid and sticky bits on linux

So even though the file is owned by the user still, setuid was not possible. Here is the output of the strace command (strace -e setuid ./shell)

Third, when you have setuid bit enabled in the directory which lives in the file system mounted without nosuid option and has capabilities in the permissive set but not in the effective set. In this case, the setuid function will return 0 telling that it was executed successfully, but the kernel will drop the privilege due to capability checks.

If you are new to Linux capabilities, I have discussed them in – Understanding Linux Capabilities. To learn about abusing these capabilities in order to escalate privileges, refer to the Linux Privilege Escalation series. I have written 6 posts explaining the exploitation steps

In my case python has both suid bit set and cap_setuid capability allowed

How to use suid sgid and sticky bits on linux

The execution of the setuid function didn’t fail but when you check the output of whoami command, it is a terabyte.

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In this tutorial, we will explain auxiliary file permissions, commonly referred to as “special permissions” in Linux, and also we will show you how to find files which have SUID (Setuid) and SGID (Setgid) set.

What is SUID and SGID?

SUID is a special file permission for executable files which enables other users to run the file with effective permissions of the file owner. Instead of the normal x which represents execute permissions, you will see an s (to indicate SUID) special permission for the user.

SGID is a special file permission that also applies to executable files and enables other users to inherit the effective GID of file group owner. Likewise, rather than the usual x which represents execute permissions, you will see an s (to indicate SGID) special permission for group user.

Let’s look at how to find files which have SUID and SGID set using the find command.

The syntax is as follows:

Important: Certain directories (such as /etc, /bin, /sbin etc.) or files require root privileges in order to be accessed or listed, if you are managing your system as a normal user, use the sudo command to gain root privileges.

How to Find Files with SUID Set in Linux

This below example command will find all files with SUID set in the current directory using -perm (print files only with permissions set to 4000) option.

How to use suid sgid and sticky bits on linux

You can use the ls command with -l option (for long listing) to view the permissions on the listed files as shown in the image above.

How to Find Files with SGID Set in Linux

To find files which have SGID set, type the following command.

How to use suid sgid and sticky bits on linux

To find files which have both SUID and SGID set, run the command below.

How to use suid sgid and sticky bits on linux

You may also like to read these useful guides about file permissions in Linux:

That’s it for now! In this guide, we showed you how to find files which have SUID (Setuid) and SGID (Setgid) set in Linux. If you have any questions, use the feedback form below to share any queries or additional thoughts about this topic.

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The command to find files that have both SUID and SGID set would be with minus sign like so:

How to use suid sgid and sticky bits on linux

In this article, we explain special permissions that work on files and directories named as Sticky bit, SUID and SGID.

The sticky bit works on directories only. If a user wants to create or delete a file/directory in some directory, he needs write permission on that directory. The write permission on a directory gives a user the privilege to create a file as well as the privilege to remove it.

The /tmp directory is the directory for temporary files/directories. This directory has all the rights on all the three levels because all the users need to create/delete their temporary files. But as the users have write permission on this directory, they can delete any file in this directory. The permissions of that file do not have any effect on deletion.

But with sticky bit set on a directory, anyone can create a file/directory in it, but can delete his own files only. Files owned by other users cannot be deleted.

Sticky bit – How to view and set

You could notice t tag added to /tmp directory and it means bit is set for this directory.

In Linux sticky bit can be set with chmod command. You can use +t tag to add and -t tag to delete sticky bit.

Note: In Unix flavored OS, sticky bit has a different purpose but we are not discussing it here.

What is SUID Bit and How to set it

When an executable file runs, it runs under the ownership of the user who has executed it. It means that when student user runs ls command, then the corresponding process will run under the ownership of student. The SUID bit, also known as Set User ID bit, overwrites this behavior. If SUID bit is set on a program, then that program will run as the owner of that file, irrespective of who is executing it.

The passwd command in Linux has SUID bit set.

This can be seen in the third field of permissions. The ‘s’ in place of ‘x’ indicates that SUID bit is set. With SUID bit set, when a normal user (say student) runs the passwd command, the command runs with the ownership of ‘root’, and not as student, because root is the owner of this file. This behavior is required because the passwords are stored in the /etc/shadow file, which has no permission on group or other level.

You need to understand that all users cannot be given read or write permission on this file for security reasons; otherwise, they will read/change the passwords of other users. So this causes a problem that if the users don’t have permission on this file, then how will they change their own passwords? So SUID bit solves the problem. The passwd command has SUID bit set, so when normal users execute this command, they run it with the ownership of root, i.e. the owner of passwd command.

How to Set and unset SUID bit

This is to be noted that SUID bit works on files only. To set the SUID bit on a file, use the chmod command as follows

The numeric method for changing permissions can also be used. Suppose if the normal permissions for a file are 744, then with SUID bit set, these will become 4744. SUID bit has value 4.

How SGID Bit work on file and directory

Unlike SUID bit, SGID bit works on both files and directories, but it has a different meaning in both cases.

On files:

For file, it has similar meaning as the SUID bit, i.e. when any user executes a file with SGID bit set on it, it will always be executed with the group ownership of that file, irrespective of who is running it. For example, the file /sbin/netreport has SGID bit set, which can be seen in the ‘s’ instead of ‘x’ in group permissions.

This file has group ownership of root group. So when a user (say student) executes it, then the corresponding process will not have group ownership of student, but that of root group.

On directories:

Now let’s talk about SGID on directories. SGID on directories is used for creating collaborative directories. To understand SGID bit on directories, consider the following scenario:

Suppose three users jack, jones and jenny are working together on some project. All of them belong to a group named javaproject. For the course of the project, they need to share all the files related to the project. All of them must be able to see each other’s file. This can be done simply by providing read permission on group level. Further, suppose that the directory used for the project is “/javaproject”.

Here, a problem arises that when a file is created, it belongs to the primary group of the user who created the file. So, when different users create their files in this directory, those files will not have group ownership of javaproject group.

What we do for our problem is that we set the group of /javaproject directory to be javaproject group, and set the SGID bit set on it. When SGID bit is set on a directory, all the files and directory created within it has the group ownership of the group associated with that directory. It means that after setting SGID bit on /javaproject directory, all the files and directories being created in this directory will have the group ownership of “javaproject” group. Moreover, this behavior is recursive, i.e. the directories created in this directory will have SGID bit set as well. The permissions for the new directory will also be same as that of /javaproject directory.

The SGID bit can be set with chmod command as follows:

Now when jones user creates a file in this directory, it is created under the group ownership of javaproject group.

The numeric value corresponding to SGID bit is 2. So to add SGID bit numerically, use the following command:

Regular permission can be overridden by special permissions like SUID, SGID, and sticky bit. When you use the special permissions on a file, then only the owner of the file or group owner can manipulate the file.

In some cases where you just want only the owner or group can execute the file then SUID and SGID are the best way.

And if you want to protect your file from being deleted by any other user then go for a sticky bit permission which can be a savior in a shareable space.

Table of Contents

What is SUID?

In simple terms, SUID is a special permission that allows you to execute files only if you own them. Otherwise, you cannot execute it.

This can be handy when you just want to restrict permission to yourself. And the prime example is passwd command, which has SUID permission, so, the question arises of how to identify it.

If you want to check permission stats in detail run the stat command or you can use the ls command.

A SUID can be identified by number four or “s” in case of executable permission or “S” in non-executable permission.

Because of that passwd command is only executable by currently logged in user along with you are restricted to change the password of any other user unless you are the root. So how do I implement it on a system?

How to implement SUID on a file

To implement SUID on a file is pretty straightforward, you just need to use bit number 4 which stands for SUID, or use symbolic modes “s”.

For e.g. I do have created a bash script that should be executed by me and no other user can execute then pass the below command:

How to revoke SUID from a file

You can simply revoke the SUID permission by just passing the below command which will untouched the rest of the permission value and purges the SUID permission from a file:

Command syntax:

What is SGID?

A SUID is applicable for a single user, if you want multiple or groups of users can execute a file then use SGID permission which is similar to SUID.

You can identify SGID permission when group permission is enclosed with “s” instead of x or “S” if it is a non-executable file or number two in bit permissions.

To check we will run the following command on a wall, which is used to broadcast messages to all users.

How to implement SGUID on a file

To implement GUID on a file is pretty straightforward, you just need to use bit number 2 which stands for SUID, or use symbolic modes “s”.

I’ll modify the permission of “trendoceans.sh” to SGID using a below command:

How to revoke SGID from a file

You can refer to the below command syntax to remove SGID from a corresponding file, and run ls -l to verify permission stats.

I’ll revert to regular permission by entering the following command:

Wrap up

That’s all to know about SUID and SGID in Linux. I recommend you read chattr command to modify file permission.

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There are three special permissions in Linux.

  • Special User ID (SUID)
  • Special Group ID (SGID)
  • Sticky Bit

The special permissions can be represented by a number.

Number Permission
7 SUID and SGID and Sticky Bit
6 SUID and SGID
5 SUID and Sticky Bit
4 SUID
3 SGID and Sticky Bit
2 SGID
1 Sticky Bit
0 No Special Permissions

SUID

When a file has the SUID, the user that executes the file becomes the owner of the file while the file is executing. For example, let's say file1 is owned by root. When john.doe executes file1, the owner of file1 will be john.doe while the file is executing. This is useful on script files, such as BASH scripts. SUID has no impact on a directory.

The chmod command with the u+s (user plus special) option can be used to add the SUID permission to a file. The u-s (user minus special) can be used to remove the SUID permission from a file.

Likewise, the number 4 can be used to add the SUID permission to a file, and the number 0 can be used to remove the SUID permission from a file.

Whe a file has the SUID permission, the letter "s" or "S" willl be displayed instead of the x (execute) permissions. Lower case "s" means the x (execute) permission is enabled, and upper case "S" means the x (execute) permission is not enabled.

Example

The /usr/bin/passwd command has the SUID bit set. This allows non-root users to run the passwd command as root.

SGID

When a file has the SGID permission, the user that executes the file temporarily becomes a member of the group. For example, let's say file1 has the root group with permission r-x. If John Doe executes file1, John Doe will temporarily be a member of the root group, thus have the r-x permission on the file.

When a directory has the SGID permission, files added to the directory will be the group of the parent directory. For example, if the group of /var/www is webgroup, and then /var/www/foo is create, the group of /var/www/foo will be webgroup.

Let's say the /var/www directory does not have the SGID bit set.

And John Doe created foo.txt.

In this scenario, foo.txt will contain John Doe's primary group, which is the john.doe group in this example.

Let's set the SGID bit on the /var/www directory.

Now the /var/www directory has the SGID bit set, as indicated by the "s" character. Note that a lower case "s" means the execute permission is set and an upper case "S" means the execute permission is not set.

And John Doe created bar.txt.

Now the bar.txt contains the group of the /var/www directory, which is root in this example.

Sticky Bit

  • File: Sticky bit has no effect on files
  • Directory: If a directory has the write permission, sticky bit ensures that anyone can add files to the directory, but you can only delete files you own

The chmod command with the o+t (other plus sticky) option can be used to add the Sticky Bit permission to a file. The o-t (other minus sticky) can be used to remove the Sticky Bit permission from a file.

Likewise, the number 1 can be used to add the Sticky Bit permission to a file, and the number 0 can be used to remove the Sticky Bit permission from a file.

Whe a file has the SGID permission, the letter "t" or "T" willl be displayed instead of the x (execute) permissions. Lower case "t" means the x (execute) permission is enabled, and upper case "T" means the x (execute) permission is not enabled.

Locating files

The find command with the -perm (permissions) option can be used to search for files with a certain set of permissions. For example, lets say file1 is 4660.

– If you check carefully, you would find the 2 S’s in the permission field. The first s stands for the SUID and the second one stands for SGID. – When a command or script with SUID bit set is run, its effective UID becomes that of the owner of the file, rather than of the user who is running it.

What is SUID and guid?

SUID(Set-user Identification) and SGID(Set-group identification) are two special permissions that can be set on executable files, and These permissions allow the file being executed to be executed with the privileges of the owner or the group. But Instead of normal x which represents executable permissions.

What is the difference between SUID SGID and sticky bit?

SUID means set user ID and SGID means set group ID. SUID have a value of 4 or use u+s. SGID has value of 2 or use g+s similarly sticky bit has a value of 1 or use +t to apply the value.

What is the sticky bit in Linux?

In Unix-like operating systems, a sticky bit is a permission bit which is set on a file or folder, thereby permitting only the owner or root user of the file or folder to modify, rename or delete the concerned directory or file. No other user would be permitted to have these privileges on a file which has a sticky bit.

How can you tell a sticky bit?

Verifying that the sticky bit is on Check the MOUNT statement in BPXPRMxx. Display the file system information by using the df command. The file system, the mount table, and ISHELL have attributes that you can use to see this setting: Ignore SETUID . . . . :.

How do I get rid of sticky bit permissions?

Remove sticky bit using -t option Sticky bit can be removed from a directory permissions through the -t option of the chmod command. So we see that the permission bit ‘t’ is removed from directory.

What does the SUID bit do?

The setuid bit simply indicates that when running the executable, it will set its permissions to that of the user who created it (owner), instead of setting it to the user who launched it. An example of an executable with setuid permission is passwd , as can be seen in the following output.

How do you set a SUID bit?

It’s easy to change the SUID bit with chmod . The u+s symbolic mode sets the SUID bit and the u-s symbolic mode clears the SUID bit.

What is SUID permission?

SUID is a special file permission for executable files which enables other users to run the file with effective permissions of the file owner.

Why is SUID and guid a security risk?

SUID and SGID files on your system are a potential security risk, and should be monitored closely. Because these programs grant special privileges to the user who is executing them, it is necessary to ensure that insecure programs are not installed.

Where is the sticky bit file in Linux?

Finding files with SUID/SGID bit set To find all files with SUID permissions under root : # find / -perm +4000. To find all files with SGID permissions under root : # find / -perm +2000. we can also combine both find commands in a single find command:.

What is the use of SUID in Linux?

Commonly noted as SUID, the special permission for the user access level has a single function: A file with SUID always executes as the user who owns the file, regardless of the user passing the command. If the file owner doesn’t have execute permissions, then use an uppercase S here.

How do I remove a sticky bit in Linux?

In Linux sticky bit can be set with chmod command. You can use +t tag to add and -t tag to delete sticky bit.

What is a Umask in Linux?

Umask is a C-shell built-in command which allows you to determine or specify the default access (protection) mode for new files you create. You may issue the umask command interactively at the command prompt to affect files created during the current session.

Is set-group-ID on execution ignored?

The perm symbol s represent the set-user-ID-on-execution (when who contains or implies u) and set-group-ID-on-execution (when who contains or implies g) bits. It will be ignored if the file is not a directory and none of the execute bits are set in the current file mode bits.

Which letter denotes that a sticky bit has been set on a file?

As you notice “t” letter instead of usual “x” in execute permission for the others. This letter “t” indicates that a sticky bit has been set for the file or directory in question. Now because the sticky bit is set on the sharedFolder, files/directory could only be deleted by the owners or root user.

Which of the following commands will set the sticky bit?

Set the sticky bit on Directory Use chmod command to set the sticky bit. If you are using the octal numbers in chmod, give 1 before you specify other numbered privileges, as shown below.

Which symbol and octal value represents the sticky bit?

In absolute mode, you set special permissions by adding a new octal value to the left of the permission triplet. The table below lists the octal values to set special permissions on a file.Changing File Permissions. Symbol Function Description T Permission Sticky bit is on, execution bit for others is off.

Why would you use sticky bits?

The most common use of the sticky bit is on directories residing within filesystems for Unix-like operating systems. When a directory’s sticky bit is set, the filesystem treats the files in such directories in a special way so only the file’s owner, the directory’s owner, or root can rename or delete the file.

How do I give permission to SUID?

Configuring SUID on your required files/script is a single CHMOD command away. Replace “/path/to/file/or/executable”, in the above command, with the absolute path of the script that you need SUID bit on. This can be achieved by using the numerical method of chmod as well. The first “4” in “4755” indicates SUID.

What are guard round and sticky bits?

The Guard and Round bits are just standard bits, but the Sticky bit is 1 if ANY bit that shifts through it is a 1. In this example, the Sticky bit is set to 1 since the first bit that shifts into it is a 1.

When SUID is set then user can run any program like owner of the program. SUID means set user ID and SGID means set group ID. SUID have a value of 4 or use u+s. SGID has value of 2 or use g+s similarly sticky bit has a value of 1 or use +t to apply the value.

What is SUID and SGID in Linux?

SUID is a special file permission for executable files which enables other users to run the file with effective permissions of the file owner. … SGID is a special file permission that also applies to executable files and enables other users to inherit the effective GID of file group owner.

What is the sticky bit in Linux?

A Sticky bit is a permission bit that is set on a file or a directory that lets only the owner of the file/directory or the root user to delete or rename the file. No other user is given privileges to delete the file created by some other user.

What is Sgid in Linux?

SGID (Set Group ID up on execution) is a special type of file permissions given to a file/folder. … SGID is defined as giving temporary permissions to a user to run a program/file with the permissions of the file group permissions to become member of that group to execute the file.

How do I remove sticky bit permissions in Linux?

Sticky bit – How to view and set

In Linux sticky bit can be set with chmod command. You can use +t tag to add and -t tag to delete sticky bit.

What is setuid setgid and sticky bit?

Setuid, Setgid and Sticky Bits are special types of Unix/Linux file permission sets that permit certain users to run specific programs with elevated privileges. Ultimately the permissions that are set on a file determine what users can read, write or execute the file.

What does S mean in chmod?

s (setuid) means set user ID upon execution. If setuid bit turned on a file, user executing that executable file gets the permissions of the individual or group that owns the file.

What is S in file permissions in Linux?

This “s” indicates the file has the setuid bit set.

The passwd command will always run with root privileges no matter who launches it because the owner of the file is root. We can use the chmod command to set the setuid bit on a file: chmod u+s FILE.

How do I use special permissions in Linux?

SUID is a special permission assigned to a file. These permissions allow the file being executed to be executed with the privileges of the owner. For example, if a file was owned by the root user and has the setuid bit set, no matter who executed the file it would always run with root user privileges.

How do I create a sticky bit in Linux?

Use chmod command to set the sticky bit. If you are using the octal numbers in chmod, give 1 before you specify other numbered privileges, as shown below. The example below, gives rwx permission to user, group and others (and also adds the sticky bit to the directory).

Where is the sticky bit file in Linux?

Finding files with SUID/SGID bit set

  1. To find all files with SUID permissions under root : # find / -perm +4000.
  2. To find all files with SGID permissions under root : # find / -perm +2000.
  3. we can also combine both find commands in a single find command:

How do you set a SUID bit?

It’s easy to change the SUID bit with chmod . The u+s symbolic mode sets the SUID bit and the u-s symbolic mode clears the SUID bit.

What are special permissions in Linux?

Three special types of permissions are available for executable files and public directories. When these permissions are set, any user who runs that executable file assumes the user ID of the owner (or group) of the executable file.

Where are routes stored in Linux?

1 Answer. The route or the ip utility get their information from a pseudo filesystem called procfs . It is normally mounted under /proc . There is a file called /proc/net/route , where you can see the kernel’s IP routing table.

How check setuid Linux?

To locate the setuid , look for an ‘s’ instead of an ‘x’ in the executable bit of the file permissions. An example of an executable with setuid permission is passwd , as can be seen in the following output. As we can observe, the ‘x’ is replaced by an ‘s’ in the user section of the file permissions.

The sticky bit can be set using the chmod command and can be set using its octal mode 1000 or by its symbol t (s is already used by the setuid bit). For example, to add the bit on the directory /usr/local/tmp , one would type chmod +t /usr/local/tmp .

How do I install sticky bits in Linux?

Use chmod command to set the sticky bit. If you are using the octal numbers in chmod, give 1 before you specify other numbered privileges, as shown below. The example below, gives rwx permission to user, group and others (and also adds the sticky bit to the directory).

Where is the sticky bit file in Linux?

Finding files with SUID/SGID bit set

  1. To find all files with SUID permissions under root : # find / -perm +4000.
  2. To find all files with SGID permissions under root : # find / -perm +2000.
  3. we can also combine both find commands in a single find command:

What is the sticky bit in Linux?

A Sticky bit is a permission bit that is set on a file or a directory that lets only the owner of the file/directory or the root user to delete or rename the file. No other user is given privileges to delete the file created by some other user.

What does chmod 1777 mean?

Chmod 1777 (chmod a+rwx,ug+s,+t,u-s,g-s) sets permissions so that, (U)ser / owner can read, can write and can execute. (

What is Suid sgid and sticky bit in Linux?

When SUID is set then user can run any program like owner of the program. SUID means set user ID and SGID means set group ID. SUID have a value of 4 or use u+s. SGID has value of 2 or use g+s similarly sticky bit has a value of 1 or use +t to apply the value.

How do I set permissions in Linux?

The lowercase ‘s’ we were looking for is the now a capital ‘S. ‘ This signifies that the setuid IS set, but the user that owns the file does not have execute permissions. We can add that permission using the ‘chmod u+x’ command.

What is S in UNIX permissions?

s (setuid) means set user ID upon execution. If setuid bit turned on a file, user executing that executable file gets the permissions of the individual or group that owns the file.

What is Umask in Linux?

Umask, or the user file-creation mode, is a Linux command that is used to assign the default file permission sets for newly created folders and files. … The user file creation mode mask that is used to configure the default permissions for newly created files and directories.

How do I find Suid files?

How to Find Files With setuid Permissions

  1. Become superuser or assume an equivalent role.
  2. Find files with setuid permissions by using the find command. # find directory -user root -perm -4000 -exec ls -ldb <> ; >/tmp/ filename. find directory. …
  3. Display the results in /tmp/ filename . # more /tmp/ filename.

What is the difference between small T and capital T when applying sticky bit permission?

If the “others” section contains “execute permission + sticky bit” then you will get lowercase “t” If the “others” section does not contains execute permission and only sticky bit then you will get uppercase “T”

How do you set a SUID bit?

It’s easy to change the SUID bit with chmod . The u+s symbolic mode sets the SUID bit and the u-s symbolic mode clears the SUID bit.

What is GUID Linux?

Globally Unique Identifier (GUID) Generator For Linux, Windows, Java, PHP, C#, Javascript, Python. 11/08/2018 by İsmail Baydan. Globally Unique Identifier (GUID) is a pseudo-random string which consists of 32 letters, numbers (0-9), and 4 hyphens to separate letters. These letters are randomly generated.

What does the sticky bit do?

The most common use of the sticky bit is on directories residing within filesystems for Unix-like operating systems. When a directory’s sticky bit is set, the filesystem treats the files in such directories in a special way so only the file’s owner, the directory’s owner, or root can rename or delete the file.

What does Drwxrwxrwt mean?

7. Loading when this answer was accepted… drwxrwxrwt (or 1777 rather than 777 ) are the normal permissions for /tmp/ and not harmful for subdirectories in /tmp/ . The leading d in the permissions drwxrwxrwt indicates a a directory and the trailing t indicates that the sticky bit has been set on that directory.

SGID is defined as giving temporary permissions to a user to run a program/file with the permissions of the file group permissions to become member of that group to execute the file. In simple words users will get file Group’s permissions when executing a Folder/file/program/command. SGID is similar to SUID.

What does SGID do in Linux?

Commonly noted as SGID, this special permission has a couple of functions: If set on a file, it allows the file to be executed as the group that owns the file (similar to SUID) If set on a directory, any files created in the directory will have their group ownership set to that of the directory owner.

What is SGID permission?

SUID(Set-user Identification) and SGID(Set-group identification) are two special permissions that can be set on executable files, and These permissions allow the file being executed to be executed with the privileges of the owner or the group. But Instead of normal x which represents executable permissions.

What is sticky bit SUID and SGID?

Understanding special permissions using SUID, SGID and sticky bit. SUID means set user ID and SGID means set group ID. SUID have a value of 4 or use u+s. SGID has value of 2 or use g+s similarly sticky bit has a value of 1 or use +t to apply the value.

Why we use sticky bit in Linux?

The most common use of the sticky bit is on directories residing within filesystems for Unix-like operating systems. When a directory’s sticky bit is set, the filesystem treats the files in such directories in a special way so only the file’s owner, the directory’s owner, or root can rename or delete the file.

What is Sguid?

SGID (Set Group ID up on execution) is a special type of file permissions given to a file/folder. Normally in Linux/Unix when a program runs, it inherits access permissions from the logged in user.

What is special permission Linux?

SUID is a special permission assigned to a file. These permissions allow the file being executed to be executed with the privileges of the owner. For example, if a file was owned by the root user and has the setuid bit set, no matter who executed the file it would always run with root user privileges.

What is group ownership *?

Group id denotes the group to which the user belongs. In simple words, group ownership defines the group to which the file is accessible.

What does S mean in chmod?

s (setuid) means set user ID upon execution. If setuid bit turned on a file, user executing that executable file gets the permissions of the individual or group that owns the file.

How do I get permission from setuid files?

How to Find Files With setuid Permissions Become superuser or assume an equivalent role. Find files with setuid permissions by using the find command. # find directory -user root -perm -4000 -exec ls -ldb <> \; >/tmp/ filename. find directory. Display the results in /tmp/ filename . # more /tmp/ filename.

How do I remove sticky bit permissions in Linux?

Sticky bit can be removed from a directory permissions through the -t option of the chmod command.

What is the difference between T and T in sticky bit?

What is the difference between uppercase ‘T’ and lowercase ‘t’ in Unix and Linux Sticky Bit permissions? If the “others” section contains “execute permission + sticky bit” then you will get lowercase “t” If the “others” section does not contains execute permission and only sticky bit then you will get uppercase “T”.

What are SUID and SGID terms?

SUID is a special file permission for executable files which enables other users to run the file with effective permissions of the file owner. SGID is a special file permission that also applies to executable files and enables other users to inherit the effective GID of file group owner.

What is Umask in Linux?

The umask (UNIX shorthand for “user file-creation mode mask”) is a four-digit octal number that UNIX uses to determine the file permission for newly created files. The umask specifies the permissions you do not want given by default to newly created files and directories.

Why is setuid needed?

The flags setuid and setgid are needed for tasks that require different privileges than what the user is normally granted, such as the ability to alter system files or databases to change their login password.

What is setuid bit Linux?

The setuid bit simply indicates that when running the executable, it will set its permissions to that of the user who created it (owner), instead of setting it to the user who launched it. Similarly, there is a setgid bit which does the same for the gid .

How do I configure Suid?

Configuring SUID on your required files/script is a single CHMOD command away. Replace “/path/to/file/or/executable”, in the above command, with the absolute path of the script that you need SUID bit on. This can be achieved by using the numerical method of chmod as well. The first “4” in “4755” indicates SUID.

How can you tell a sticky bit?

Verifying that the sticky bit is on Check the MOUNT statement in BPXPRMxx. Display the file system information by using the df command. The file system, the mount table, and ISHELL have attributes that you can use to see this setting: Ignore SETUID . . . . :.

What is Suid in Linux?

SUID (Set owner User ID up on execution) is a special type of file permissions given to a file. SUID is defined as giving temporary permissions to a user to run a program/file with the permissions of the file owner rather that the user who runs it.

What does chmod 777 mean?

Setting 777 permissions to a file or directory means that it will be readable, writable and executable by all users and may pose a huge security risk. File ownership can be changed using the chown command and permissions with the chmod command.

How do I use special permissions in Linux?

Advance File Permissions in Linux You can set SUID bit by passing u + s to the chmod command: You can remove SUID bit by passing u – s to the chmod command: You can set SGID bit by passing g + s to the chmod command: You can remove SGID bit by passing g – s to the chmod command:.

How do you read permissions in Linux?

How to View Check Permissions in Linux Locate the file you want to examine, right-click on the icon, and select Properties. This opens a new window initially showing Basic information about the file. There, you’ll see that the permission for each file differs according to three categories:.

How to use suid sgid and sticky bits on linuxBy Rahul March 14, 2013 3 Mins Read Updated: June 19, 2019

This tutorial will help you to under the Sticky bit, SUID and SGID file permissions under Linux system.

What is Sticky Bit?

The sticky bit is used to indicate special permissions for files and directories. If a directory with sticky bit enabled will restrict deletion of the file inside it. It can be removed by the root, owner of the file or who have to write permission on it. This is useful for publically accessible directories like /tmp.

Here is the implementation of Sticky bit on file on Linux system.
Method 1:

Mothod 2:

In above output it showing sticky bit is set with character t or T in permissions filed. Small t represent that execute permission also enable and capital T represent that execute permission are not enabled.

What is SUID (setuid)?

If SUID bit is set on a file and a user executed it. The process will have the same rights as the owner of the file being executed.

For example: passwd command have SUID bit enabled. When a normal user changes his password this script update few system files like /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow which can’t be updated by non-root account. So that passwd command process always run with root user rights.

Here is the implementation of SUID on file under Linux system.

Mehtod 1:

Method 2:

What is SGID (setgid)?

Same as SUID, The process will have the same group rights of the file being executed. If SGID bit is set on any directory, all subdirectories and files created inside will get the same group ownership as the main directory, it doesn’t matter who is creating.

Here is the implementation of SGID on directory on Linux system.

Now swich to other user and create a file in /test directory.

In above example tecadmin.net.txt is created with root group ownership.

Thanks for reading this article, I hope it will help you to understand the sticky bit, SUID, and SGID in Linux.

In computing, the sticky bit is a user ownership access right flag that can be assigned to files and directories on Unix-like systems. … Without the sticky bit set, any user with write and execute permissions for the directory can rename or delete contained files, regardless of the file’s owner.

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What is sticky bit in Linux example?

A Sticky bit is a permission bit that is set on a file or a directory that lets only the owner of the file/directory or the root user to delete or rename the file. No other user is given privileges to delete the file created by some other user.

How do I use sticky bits in Linux?

Use chmod command to set the sticky bit. If you are using the octal numbers in chmod, give 1 before you specify other numbered privileges, as shown below. The example below, gives rwx permission to user, group and others (and also adds the sticky bit to the directory).

What is sticky bit SUID and SGID?

When SUID is set then user can run any program like owner of the program. SUID means set user ID and SGID means set group ID. SUID have a value of 4 or use u+s. SGID has value of 2 or use g+s similarly sticky bit has a value of 1 or use +t to apply the value.

Where is the sticky bit file in Linux?

Finding files with SUID/SGID bit set

  1. To find all files with SUID permissions under root : # find / -perm +4000.
  2. To find all files with SGID permissions under root : # find / -perm +2000.
  3. we can also combine both find commands in a single find command:

How do I remove a sticky bit in Unix?

In Linux sticky bit can be set with chmod command. You can use +t tag to add and -t tag to delete sticky bit.

What is the difference between SUID and SGID?

SUID is a special file permission for executable files which enables other users to run the file with effective permissions of the file owner. … SGID is a special file permission that also applies to executable files and enables other users to inherit the effective GID of file group owner.

What is Sgid in Linux?

SGID (Set Group ID up on execution) is a special type of file permissions given to a file/folder. … SGID is defined as giving temporary permissions to a user to run a program/file with the permissions of the file group permissions to become member of that group to execute the file.

What is setuid setgid and sticky bit?

Setuid, Setgid and Sticky Bits are special types of Unix/Linux file permission sets that permit certain users to run specific programs with elevated privileges. Ultimately the permissions that are set on a file determine what users can read, write or execute the file.

What is Umask in Linux?

Umask, or the user file-creation mode, is a Linux command that is used to assign the default file permission sets for newly created folders and files. … The user file creation mode mask that is used to configure the default permissions for newly created files and directories.

What does chmod 1777 mean?

Chmod 1777 (chmod a+rwx,ug+s,+t,u-s,g-s) sets permissions so that, (U)ser / owner can read, can write and can execute. (

What does chmod 2770 mean?

Chmod 2770 (chmod a+rwx,o-rwx,ug+s,+t,u-s,-t) sets permissions so that, (U)ser / owner can read, can write and can execute. ( G)roup can read, can write and can execute. ( O)thers can’t read, can’t write and can’t execute.

What is chmod g s?

chmod g+s .; This command sets the “set group ID” (setgid) mode bit on the current directory, written as . . This means that all new files and subdirectories created within the current directory inherit the group ID of the directory, rather than the primary group ID of the user who created the file.

How do I find Suid files?

  1. Become superuser or assume an equivalent role.
  2. Find files with setuid permissions by using the find command. # find directory -user root -perm -4000 -exec ls -ldb <> ; >/tmp/ filename. find directory. …
  3. Display the results in /tmp/ filename . # more /tmp/ filename.

How do you Suid?

Configuring SUID on your required files/script is a single CHMOD command away. Replace “/path/to/file/or/executable”, in the above command, with the absolute path of the script that you need SUID bit on. This can be achieved by using the numerical method of chmod as well. The first “4” in “4755” indicates SUID.

In addition to standard permissions (read, write, and execute), there are the following special permissions:

1. SUID (setuid).
It is a special permission for executable files. In Linux, an executable file has the same rights as the user who executes it. Setting the SUID bit, when executed, the file has the rights of the owner and not the owner of the file. SUID files set up with owner root are a serious security issue. Anybody can run them, and after execution, the created process will have root rights.

Eg. 1. The rm command is physically represented by the executable file /bin/rm that has as the owner the root. When root executes the rm command, the effect is that it commands its root rights and can delete any file in the system. If another user executes the rm command, the effect is that this command will have the rights of the user who executed the command, so it will not be able to delete any critical files. Instead, if the suid permission for the /bin/rm file is set, any non-root user executing the rm command will be able to delete any file from the system. This is because the rm command has the rights of the owner, that is, the root, and not the rights of the default user.

Eg. 2. An unprivileged user who can view the /etc/shadow file because the less command has SUID set. The ls -l command displays SUID files set “s” (s) to the executable’s position for the owner if the file has the right to be executed by the owner or “S” (high) if the file does not have the execution permission for the owner.

2. SGID (setgid).
It is a special permission that has different effects if it applies to a file or a directory. When applying to a file, if the file is executable, the process created by the file execution will run with the rights of the group that owns the file, and not with the primary user group that executes the file. This permission (SGID) is mainly used for directories, namely to create “shared” directories. The new files created within the directory will have the group that owns the directory group and not the user who creates them what is the default. The ls -l command displays for SGID files set “s” (s) to the group execution right position if the file or directory has the right execution for. group or “S” (high) if the file or directory is not allowed to run for the group.

3. Sticky bit.
It is used for “world writeable” directories and has the role of preventing users from deleting their content, other than the owner of the sticky bit set or the owner of the file in that directory, even if the rights of the directory would allow it (rwx).
Ex: /tmp
The root is an exception, and the file group obeys the rule (can’t modify).

Application:
Sticky Bit is used when creating a world-writeable directory (all permissions for all users), but with content protection. Without the sticky bit, any user can create files in the directory, but can also delete files created by other users. If the directory has a sticky bit, each user has the right to delete only their own files. The ls -l command displays the sticky bit directories set “t” (t) to the execution right position for the other if the file has the right execution for the other or the “T” (big t) for the rest.

Now let’s look at how to find files that have SUID and SGID set using the find command:

Syntax:

Note: For some directories such as (/etc, /bin, /sbin) or files that require root privileges we should use the sudo command to get the root privileges.

So now we will show how to list all files which have SUID permissions:

The above command will dump all of our files having SUID permissions into a ckprm file.

The below images shows all files with SUID permissions:

How to use suid sgid and sticky bits on linux

Now we are going to see How to list all files which have SGID permissions:

Note: In place of filename we can use filename up to our choice

Since there are more files with SGID permissions I cannot show up the full entire one.

How to use suid sgid and sticky bits on linux

To find files that have both SUID and SGID set, run the command below.

As you can see only one file is having both SUID and SGID Permissions

Removing SUID and SGID:

If we want to remove SGID and SUID permissions on the files which have these two permissions.Then for removing the first SUID permissions:

For Example, we have removed permission for the SUID file

Here in the above image, we have removed permission for the /usr/sbin/ppd file

You can see the left side image before removing permissions and the right side image after removing the permissions.

How to use suid sgid and sticky bits on linux

Then for removing the first SGID permissions: we have to do the same but change the command a little.

For Example, we have removed permission for the SGID file

Here in the above image, we have removed permission for the /usr/bin/wall file.

You can see the left side image before removing permissions and the right side image after removing the permissions.

In this article, we explain special permissions that apply to files and directories known as Sticky Bit, SUID, and SGID.

The sticky bit only works with directories. If a user wants to create or delete a file / directory in a directory, he needs write access to this directory. The write permission to a directory gives a user permission to create a file as well as remove it.

The directory / tmp is the directory for temporary files / directories. This directory has all rights on all three levels, since all users have to create / delete their temporary files. However, since the users have write access to this directory, they can delete any file in this directory. The permissions of this file have no influence on the deletion.

But when a sticky bit is set on a directory anyone can create a file / directory in it, but only delete their own files. Files owned by other users cannot be deleted.

Sticky Bit – How to display and set it

You might find that the t tag has been added to the / tmp directory, which means the bit is set for that directory.

On Linux, the sticky bit can be set with the chmod command. You can use + t-tag to add and -t-tag to delete sticky bits.

Note: Sticky Bit has a different purpose in Unix flavored operating systems, but we will not discuss it here.

What is a SUID bit and how is it set?

When an executable file is run, it is owned by the user who ran it. This means that when the student user runs the ls command, the corresponding process will run under the student’s ownership. The SUID bit, also known as the Set User ID bit, overwrites this behavior. When the SUID bit is set in a program, that program will run as the owner of that file, regardless of who is running it.

The passwd command in Linux set the SUID bit.

This can be seen in the third field of the permissions. The ‘s’ instead of ‘x’ indicates that the SUID bit is set. If the SUID bit is set, the command will be executed if a normal user (e.g. This behavior is required because the passwords are stored in the / etc / shadow file, which does not have permission at group or other level.

It is important to understand that, for security reasons, not all users can be given read or write permissions to this file. otherwise they will read / change other users’ passwords. So this leads to the problem that if the users do not have permission for this file, they can change their own passwords. So the SUID bit solves the problem. The SUID bit is set for the passwd command. So when normal users run this command, they run it as owned by root, that is, the owner of the passwd command.

How to set and deactivate the SUID bit

Note that the SUID bit only works on files. To set the SUID bit in a file, use the chmod command as follows

The numeric method of changing permissions can also be used. Assuming that the normal permissions for a file are 744, these will be 4744 with the SUID bit set. SUID bit has the value 4.

How SGID bit works on file and directory

In contrast to the SUID bit, the SGID bit works for files as well as for directories, but has a different meaning in both cases.

For files, it has a similar meaning to the SUID bit, ie if a user executes a file with the SGID bit set, it will always be executed with the group ownership of that file, regardless of who is executing it. For example, the file / sbin / netreport has the SGID bit set, which can be seen in the group permissions in the ‘s’ instead of ‘x’.

This file is group owned by the home group. So when a user (e.g. student) executes it, the corresponding process is not group owned by the student but is owned by the root group.

Now let’s talk about SGID in directories. Directory SGID is used to create collaborative directories. To understand the SGID bit in directories, consider the following scenario:

For example, suppose three users, Jack, Jones, and Jenny, are working together on a project. They all belong to a group called javaproject. For the project to run, you must release all files related to the project. Everyone must be able to see each other’s file. This can be done simply by providing read permissions at the group level. Suppose the directory used for the project is “/ javaproject”.

The problem arises here that when a file is created, it belongs to the primary group of the user who created the file. So if different users create their files in this directory, these files will not have group ownership of the javaproject group.

What we are doing for our problem is that we set the group of the / javaproject directory as the Javaproject group and set the SGID bit on it. When the SGID bit is set for a directory, all files and directories created in it are group owned by the group associated with that directory. This means that after setting the SGID bit in the / javaproject directory, all files and directories created in this directory have the group ownership of the “javaproject” group. In addition, this behavior is recursive, ie the directories that are created in this directory also have the SGID bit set. The permissions for the new directory are also the same as for the / javaproject directory.

The SGID bit can be set with the chmod command as follows:

Now when the jones user creates a file in this directory, it will be created under the group ownership of the javaproject group.

The numeric value corresponding to the SGID bit is 2. To add the SGID bit numerically, use the following command:

Thank you for reading this article and referencing it Sticky Bit Wiki Page as.

Lets start with Sticky bit first. Since this is the most simplest to explain. Setting the sticky bit tells Unix that once the concerned application is executed, it should remain in memory. Remember that Unix is a multi-user OS and was mainly designed so that multiple users can work simultaneously. Thus the logic used is that a program that exists in memory requires lesser time to start when a new user requests for the same program. Thus when one user has just used a program and then a new user wants to use the same program, the second user doesn’t have to face a time delay for the program to initialize itself. It would be readily available to him. The concept of the sticky bit was a very useful one, long back when fast disk access and other memory access technologies weren’t around. But in today’s age the concept of sticky bit is obsolete, since modern day technology is advanced enough to reduce the time delay while loading applications into the memory. Thus currently the sticky bit is of very little significance. Sticky bit is only associated with executables.

SUID (Set User ID) Bit

Sometime you may faced an error while trying to run any application stating that the application must be ‘SUID root’ . You might have been confused that time, but now once you read this article you would no longer find it confusing.

SUID stands for Set User ID. This means that if the SUID bit is set for any application then your user ID would be set as that of the owner of application/file rather than the current user, while running that application. That means in case I have an application whose owner is ‘ root ‘ and it has its SUID bit set, then when I run this application as a normal user, that application would still run as root. Since the SUID bit tells Linux that the the User ID root is set for this application and whenever this application executes it must execute as if root was executing it (since root owns this file).

SGID (Set Group ID) bit

Just like SUID, setting the SGID bit for a file sets your group ID to the file’s group while the file is executing. IT is really useful in case you have a real multi-user setup where users access each others files. As a single homeuser I haven’t really found a lot of use for SGID. But the basic concept is the same as the SUID, the files whose SGID bit are set would be used as if they belong to that group rather than to that user alone.

Setting the SUID/SGID bits

Setting SUID bits on the file:
Suppose I got the executable called “killprocess” and I need to set the suid bit on this file, go to command prompt and issue command:

Now check permission on the file with command

Observe “s” that has been added for suid bit

Setting GUID bits on the file:
Go to command prompt and issue command:

This will set the GUID bit on the same file, check the permission on this file using command:

In this article, we will cover the concepts of regular and special permissions(SUID and SGID) in Linux. Every file and directory in Linux will always have an associated user and a group owner. The permissions associated with a file or directory are usually divided into three parts: user who owns the file, a group owner and all other users. Each part is further divided into read, write and execute permission with below numeric value assigned to each of them.

4= Read

2= Write

1 = Execute

0 = No Permission

How to use suid sgid and sticky bits on linux

Regular and Special Permissions(SUID and SGID) in Linux

Apart from read, write and execute permission on files and directories, there are some special permissions required to assign to perform some special tasks. These special permissions are divided for the User and Group. Special permissions for user is known as SUID and for group it is SGID. There is another special permission called Sticky bit in Linux. We will see all of them one by one.

1. Set User ID(SUID)

When we want to provide special access to a user to run some command then we need to set SUID bit. One such example can be seen in /usr/bin/passwd command. If you check the permission of this file by using ls -ltr /usr/bin/passwd command then you will see special permission bit s in the fourth alphanumeric character position.

If you want to set SUID on a file then you need to use u+s option with chmod command as shown below. Here we are setting SUID bit on user section of hello.txt permission using chmod u+s hello.txt command and verifying same by using ls -ltr hello.txt command.

If you want to remove SUID bit from a file then you need to use u-s option with chmod command as shown below. Here we are removing SUID bit from user section of hello.txt file permission using chmod u-s hello.txt command and verifying the same by using ls -ltr hello.txt command.

2. Set Group ID(SGID)

When SGID bit is set on a directory then all the files under that directory will have the same group as the parent directory and not the group of the user who created all those files. When set on a file then other users would also be able to access that file apart from the owner of that file. This permission is usually used for a file which needs to be shared between multiple users.

The concept of SGID bit can also be explained using a system based command ssh-agent . If you check the permission on this command using ls -ltr /usr/bin/ssh-agent then you can find SGID bit already set on group section of this command permission. The SGID permission bit actually protects this command from ptrace system call which could bypass a passphrase-based Secure Shell (SSH) connection to a remote system. More on Security Strategies in Linux Platforms and Applications.

If you want to set SGID on a file then you need to use g+s option with chmod command as shown below. Here we are setting SGID bit on group section of hello.txt file permission using chmod g+s hello.txt command and verifying the output by using ls -lrt hello.txt command.

Similarly, if you want to remove SGID bit from a file then you need to use g-s option with chmod command as shown below. Here we are removing SGID bit from group section of hello.txt file permission using chmod g-s hello.txt command and verifying the results by using ls -lrt hello.txt command.

3. Sticky Bit

Next important special permission is the Sticky Bit. It can be set to a file or directory so that any user apart from the owner of that file or directory and root user cannot delete or rename that file or directory. Sticky Bit usually needs to be set on a file or directory which all the users have access to but no one should have access to delete or rename it. Like in a case of shared file between multiple users where all the users need to access it to perform some specific task but to protect the file from any accidental deletion, it is always recommended to set sticky bit on it.

We will see an example to understand more about this concept. Let’s create a directory hello using mkdir hello command and then change its permission to 777 using chmod 777 hello command.

Now if you check the permission on this directory by using ls -ltrd hello command then it should show something like below.

Next we can go to hello directory and create some files with different user owners and provide full access to all those files so that every other user can delete or rename those files.

Since user is now able to delete or rename files which are not owned by them so to protect those files from any accidental deletion, we will set sticky bit at directory level using chmod +t hello/ command. Here +t option can be used to set the sticky bit as shown below.

Similarly, if we want to remove the sticky bit then we need to use -t option as shown below. Here we are removing sticky bit from hello directory using chmod -t hello command and verifying the results using ls -ltrd hello/ command.

Today in this post, we will look at the concepts of SUID, SGID, and Sticky Bit.

And how they work differently when applied to files and directories.

Lets have a look at these points one by one to understand it clearly.

1. SUID (Set User IDentification)
SUID Bit modifies the file/directory permission or behavior in following ways.

a. SUID Bit on a File
When we turn on SUID bit permission on a file, it is executed with the owner’s set of permissions or power.

A very interesting example of SUID Bit is “passwd” command which changes a user password and runs each time with root user i.e. owners’ power.

If the executable permission is not set on a file, then the SUID bit is displayed using capital letter S instead of small letter.

b. SUID Bit on a directory
If Set-user-ID bit set on a directory, it would c hange the ownership of new sub-files or sub directories with the set-user-ID bits of the parent directory. This way we can make sure a directory structure do have the same ownership and set of permissions and make the sharing of the files convenient.

2. SGID (Set Group identification)
SGID Bit can be set on a file or directory and has different effects on both.

a. SGID effect on a file
When SGID Bit is set on a file, it is executed with the same permission as of group regardless of the user who is executing the file.

b. SGID effect on Directory
–> SGID bit when set on a directory, for example chmod -R 2770 /testdirectory then a ll new files and directories created in /testdirectory/ will inherit the same group as of this directory even if the user’s primary group is something different.
–> One more effect is that the sub-directories will inherit the SGID bit by default .

3. Sticky Bit
Sticky Bit also known as the “restricted deletion bit”.

a. Sticky Bit effect on Files
Sticky bit got its name as sticky since it makes the executable file to stick in system swap memory and hence makes the file execution fast every other time its called.
Today most of the Unix OS ignore this sticky bit feature.

b. Sticky Bit effect on Directories
Sticky Bit when set on a directory, it prevents unprivileged users from deleting or renaming a file in the directory until and unless they are the owner of the file or the directory.

It symbolizes the sticky flag or restricted deletion flag for the directory is ON.

It is commonly found on world-writable directories like /tmp or /var/tmp.

When this bit is enabled, only owners can delete files & directories and other users can’t make modifications to any other file/dir.

4. How to set SUID SGID and Sticky Bit using chmod command.
Lets have a look at chmod command to set SUID, SGID and sticky Bit.

In Linux there are SUID, SGID, and sticky bits for directory permissions.

I am absolutely clear about the sticky and SGID bit on files or folders.

But what happens if I apply SUID bit on a directory?

For example, if I apply a SGID bit on a file, a process that gets started with this file will use the effective group ID of the file’s group and not the primary group of the user who is calling the file. Same thing if you apply the SUID bit on a file: it will run with the owner as the effective user.

This changes as soon as you apply the SGID bit on a directory, for example chmod -R 2770 /var/testdir/ . Now all new files and folders what will be created within /var/testdir/ will inherit the same group as /var/testdir/ even if the creator’s primary group is different. Also, subdirectories will inherit the SGID bit.

But what happens if you apply the SUID bit on a directory? I did not find any information for that case.

Also, what happens if you apply SGID and SGID bit on the same folder?

Answer

27.5 Directories and the Set-User-ID and Set-Group-ID Bits

On most systems, if a directory’s set-group-ID bit is set, newly
created subfiles inherit the same group as the directory, and newly
created subdirectories inherit the set-group-ID bit of the parent
directory. On a few systems, a directory’s set-user-ID bit has a
similar effect on the ownership of new subfiles and the set-user-ID
bits of new subdirectories. These mechanisms let users share files
more easily, by lessening the need to use chmod or chown to share new
files.

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SUID means set user ID and SGID means set group ID. SGID has value of 2 or use g+s similarly sticky bit has a value of 1 or use +t to apply the value.

Is sticky bit a special permission?

There are two special permissions that can be set on executable files: Set User ID (setuid) and Set Group ID (sgid). Similarly, there are two special permissions for directories: the sticky bit and the setgid bit.

What is sticky bit SUID?

The last special permission has been dubbed the “sticky bit.” This permission does not affect individual files. However, at the directory level, it restricts file deletion. Only the owner (and root) of a file can remove the file within that directory.

What is sticky bit permissions?

A Sticky bit is a permission bit that is set on a file or a directory that lets only the owner of the file/directory or the root user to delete or rename the file. No other user is given privileges to delete the file created by some other user.

What is the difference between SUID and SGID?

What is SUID and SGID? SUID is a special file permission for executable files which enables other users to run the file with effective permissions of the file owner. SGID is a special file permission that also applies to executable files and enables other users to inherit the effective GID of file group owner.

What do both SUID and SGID bits on a file provide?

SUID(Set-user Identification) and SGID(Set-group identification) are two special permissions that can be set on executable files, and These permissions allow the file being executed to be executed with the privileges of the owner or the group.

What does the SGID special permission do when applied to a directory?

This permission (SGID) is mainly used for directories, namely to create “shared” directories. The new files created within the directory will have the group that owns the directory group and not the user who creates them what is the default.

Why do we need SGID?

SGID is defined as giving temporary permissions to a user to run a program/file with the permissions of the file group permissions to become member of that group to execute the file. In simple words users will get file Group’s permissions when executing a Folder/file/program/command.

What is SUID and SGID elaborate with examples?

For example, to find all files with SUID inside /usr/bin, run the below command. Please remember the fact that SUID bit is ignored on directories in Linux. SGID is very much similar to SUID. The only difference is that the script/file having SGID configured, will run with the same permission of the group owner.

What is the octal value of Suid?

Special Permission Facts

Permission Letter Abbreviation Octal Value
SUID (Set User ID) s in the execute permission position of the user permissions 4
SGID (Set Group ID) s in the execute permission position of the group permissions 2
Sticky bit t in the execute permission position of the other permissions 1

What is SGID bit Linux?

SGID (Set Group ID up on execution) is a special type of file permissions given to a file/folder. SGID is defined as giving temporary permissions to a user to run a program/file with the permissions of the file group permissions to become member of that group to execute the file.

What is SGID permissions?

SGID is defined as giving temporary permissions to a user to run a program/file with the permissions of the file group permissions to become member of that group to execute the file. In simple words users will get file Group’s permissions when executing a Folder/file/program/command. SGID is similar to SUID.

How to use suid sgid and sticky bits on linux

SUID bit is a special permission assigned to a file. These permissions allow the file to be executed with the privileges of the owner.

For example, if a file was owned by the root user and has the setuid bit set, no matter who executed the file it would always run with root user privileges.

Note the capital S. This means there are no execute permissions.

Note the lower case s. This means there are execute permissions.

SGID bit

SGID bit allows to run the file with the authority of the group.

For example, if a file was owned by the users’ group, no matter who executed that file => it would always run with the authority of the user’s group.

Run the following command as root to set the setgid bit, and read, write, and execute permissions for the owner of the file1 file:

The setgid is represented the same as the suid bit, except in the group section of the permissions:

When this is set on a directory, all files created in the directory will have the same group as the directory.

If the SGID permission is set on a directory, then files or subdirectories created within that directory inherit the group ownership of the SGID directory.

STICKY bit

STICKY bit => if you use such permissions on some directory, only the root user, the owner of the directory, and the owner of a file can remove files within that directory.

An example of the sticky bit is the /tmp directory. Use the ls -ld /tmp command to view the permissions:

The t at the end symbolizes that the sticky bit is set. A file created in the /tmp directory can only be removed by its owner, or the root user. For example, run the following command to set the sticky bit on the folder1 folder:

Alternatively, prepend a 1 to the mode of a directory to set the sticky bit:

The permissions should be read, write, and execute for the owner, group, and everyone else, on directories that have the sticky bit set. This allows anyone to cd into the directory and create files.

Based on standard Unix filesystem permissions behavior, a user that has write access to a directory will be able to delete files in that directory (even if the file’s permissions do not grant them access). With the sticky bit set on a directory, this behavior is overridden and only users who have at least write access to a file will be able to delete it.

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