On Mar 27, 2006, at 3:26 PM, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
Mar 25 23:28:15 sendmail: k2Q3wGR00214: SYSERR(root): hash
unsafe map file /etc/mail/aliases.db: World writable directory
It repeats with IDs 1298 , 1328 , 1357 , 1439 , 1466 , &
1491 in the brackets after 'sendmail'. What significance is there
to these numbers?
Those of the process IDs of new sendmail child processes which start
up and abort.
I checked /etc/mail/aliases.db with 'll -d' and got
-rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 32768 Jun 12 2001 /etc/mail/aliases.db
and as you can see it is not World writable. What is going on, and
do I stop these messages?
See this section of /usr/src/contrib/sendmail/README:
| DIRECTORY PERMISSIONS |
Sendmail often gets blamed for many problems that are actually the
result of other problems, such as overly permissive modes on
For this reason, sendmail checks the modes on system directories and
files to determine if they can be trusted. For sendmail to run without
complaining, you MUST execute the following command:
chmod go-w / /etc /etc/mail /usr /var /var/spool /var/spool/
chown root / /etc /etc/mail /usr /var /var/spool /var/spool/
...there's also a DontBlameSendmail option which disables the
security checks, but you're better off fixing the issue directly.
(You could also check out mtree.)
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