[CentOS] directory permissions set to 600?

Tue Jul 20 23:45:36 UTC 2010
Ski Dawg <centos at skidawg.org>

Hello all,

Today, I ran across a directory in /etc/ on one of our servers whose
permissions where set to 600 (drw-------) with root being the owner.
The directory is for the firewall package for the server, so it is not
something malicious. Checking some other systems, they also have this
directory and the permissions on those servers is also 600, so it
isn't just a messed up permissions on this one machine.

What is the difference between permissions of 600 and 700 for a
directory, that is owned by root (group root)? Is there a reason why
some directory should be set to 600 instead of 700?

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