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Find all files with root SUID or SGID executables

Terminal - Find all files with root SUID or SGID executables
sudo find / -type f \( -perm /4000 -a -user root \) -ls -o \( -perm /2000 -a -group root \) -ls
2009-03-02 18:48:17
User: atoponce
Functions: find sudo
Find all files with root SUID or SGID executables

Discovering all executables on your system that can be run as another user, especially root, is critical for system security. The above command will find those files with have SUID or SGID bits set and are owned by the root user or group.


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It doesn't run on a Red Hat Linux release 7.3 (Valhalla) with the error:

find: invalid mode `/4000'

Comment by yapt 313 weeks ago

RHL 7.3... released May of 2002... 7 years ago. I think it's time to update your system, don't you? However, if you read the man page on find, you'll see that /mode is the preferred way over +mode, but both are identical, even if +mode is deprecated.

Comment by atoponce 313 weeks ago

Some companies can't or don't want to upgrade the distro that their software is based on.

Comment by leper421 312 weeks and 6 days ago

Of course. That's why the cracker community flourishes as well as it does. They expect people to not keep updated on patching or upgrading their systems. The more systems that sit unpatched, the more reason for your suffering.

Comment by atoponce 312 weeks and 6 days ago

I'm not defending the practice ;) I just happen to work for a company whose product is based on a 7-8 old linux distro release. Although, we've updated and repackaged so many of the packages and rewritten many config scripts that, at this point, it is pretty much our own distro.

Comment by leper421 311 weeks and 4 days ago

@atoponce: not every machine is connected to the evil internet, so often there is no need to upgrade the boxens every week...

Comment by lme 309 weeks and 3 days ago

Your point of view

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