View Full Version : [ubuntu] Webmin updating packages changes permissions!

February 1st, 2012, 10:55 AM
I have a curious problem that occurs from time to time. I am running 10.04 LTS on a virtual server and to administer it, I am using Webmin which I find very useful. I have the umask set to default in the advanced options but it appears that when Webmin updates a system package that is in /sbin (it may happen for other directories as well but I can't recall any), the updated program will end up with permissions 0000 ie no access at all.

This can be very embarrassing. For example last night sysvinit-utils was updated and /sbin/killall5 ended up having its permissions reset. So when my automatic script restarted apache at 3.30 - because I don't like the continued bloating that apache has - it didn't restart as the first thing it does is to use pidof which is symlinked to /sbin/killall5. So all my websites fell over!

Does anyone know why Webmin update, which is running as root, does this? If I do an apt-get update in a shell, it doesn't do this at all... :-[

[BTW I am running apache rather than nginx or lighttpd because most of the sites are Wordpress which requires .htaccess. I realise litespeed would do as a dropin but all the same... Webmin of course uses its own dedicated miniserv.pl on its dedicated port.]