other users visibility

Oliver Grawert ogra at ubuntu.com
Mon Feb 9 10:35:52 UTC 2015

Am Montag, den 09.02.2015, 10:02 +0000 schrieb Ηλίας Ηλιάδης:
> Hello and sorry for any inconvenience since this is my first attempt
> to post.
> When ubuntu is installed a default user with "admin" rights is
> created. After that any user created has the ability to view the
> folders of any other user even if this new user is a simple user. This
> is not the required privilege for a simple user, even in a single
> desktop or laptop installation. There is a folder for public files in
> every home directory which should be accessed from other accounts.
> There is a question Why can other users see the files in my home
> folder? in which a "majority of users of Ubuntu systems  ... or are
> sharing with friends and relatives." is one of the answers. Also
> another answer is "to make it easier for new users to share files".
> Both answers make the public directory unnecessary. Either a public
> directory should not exist at all (in order not to confuse new and old
> users)  or a public directory should be public as opposite to all
> other directories (in home folders) which should be hidden (at least
> for normal users). 
> Thanks in advance.
see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SecurityTeam/Policies#Permissive%20Home%

if you want to adjust this behavior for your install ... 


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