File ownership (UNIX)

Module: User Files

This check reports user files and directories that have different UIDs or GIDs than the IDs listed in the agent's password file. Specify full path names in the file list to exclude files from this check.

The following table lists the error message for the check.

Table: Error message for File ownership

Message String ID and Category

Platform and Message Numeric ID

Message Title and Description

Additional Information


Category: System Error

UNIX (5436)

Title: User does not own file

Description:The file is in a user's directory tree but is not owned by the user. Either the user ID or group ID of the file does not match the user ID or group ID of the user, as defined in /etc/passwd. This is a security problem if the incorrect ownership allows unauthorized access to the file. Authorized users can also be prevented from accessing the file. You should change the user or group ownership of the file. If the file is correctly owned but in the wrong directory, move the file out of the user's directory tree.

Severity: yellow-1

Correctable: true

Snapshot Updatable: false

Template Updatable: false

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