Re: sys_chown() hits symlinks

Stefan Monnier (monnier+lists/linux/kernel@TEQUILA.SYSTEMSZ.CS.YALE.EDU)
Fri, 23 Jan 1998 13:04:53 -0500

> Now, how is the symlink providing any protection? So what it the access through
> prevents reading and writing for group and others? If you
> really wanted to change the file you could just go directly to it.

Files can be hidden within non-readable directories, so that "go directly
to it" is only possible if you know the file's name which can be (in this
context) considered as a password.