[CentOS] directory permissions set to 600?

Tue Jul 20 23:57:11 UTC 2010
John R Pierce <pierce at hogranch.com>

  On 07/20/10 4:54 PM, Larry Brower wrote:
> Ski Dawg wrote:
>> 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?
> 600 is read and write for the owner whereas 700 is read write and
> execute. If there is nothing in the folder that needs to be executed
> than 600 would be correct.

um... on a directory, the X bit means you can LS the contents of the 
directory.   of course, root ignores this anyways and overrides it.