Protect /home from prying eyes

Head Surfer
October 11th, 2008

By default the permissions on your /home directory are usually set to 755.  This can cause serious problems with script kiddies.  If they find a vulnerable script on your server they can then list all of the users in /home.  By locking down your home folders it makes it a little more difficult for them create a list of all of the users on your server.

To lockdown the accounts we set the permissions to 751 on our home folders.

chmod 751 /home;
chmod 751 /home2;
chmod 751 /home3;

This keeps script kiddies and their prying eyes out of your user’s folders.

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