[CentOS] File permissions

Sat Mar 10 18:45:19 UTC 2012
Robert Spangler <mlists at zoominternet.net>


I need to know if there is something I am missing about file permission as I 
believe I am seeing some strange stuff on my system.  I have a directory as 

drwxrwxrwx   7 root root  4096 Mar 10 13:35 temp

In this directory I have a file:

-rw-r--r--  1 root root       137 Oct 30 02:16 208-109-248-33test

As a normal user should I be able to rename this file?  I believe that only 
root should be able to modify this file but as a normal user I am able to 
rename it without elevated privileges as so:

temp $ mv 208-109-248-33test 208-109-248-33-mv

[Sat Mar 10 13:41:05] /temp

temp $ lt 208*
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 137 Oct 30 02:16 208-109-248-33-mv

How is this possible?  If it is possible what am I missing or not 
understanding?  Thnx.



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