I'm running Mandrake 7.0 with multiple users. Most of my directories, such as /home are owned by root who has rwx privileges, and the group is also root (consisting of 1 user, root). The root group has r-x privileges, and finally all other users have just x privilege.
My understanding of privileges is that a regular user, since he has only x privilege can cd into the directory but cannot ls.
This does not seem to be the case with root root ownership. A regular user is able to list all the files in that directory. (Again the privileges are
drwx r-x --x, root root). The only way I seem to be able to prevent this is to give the root group just x privileges, e.g. (drwx --x --x)
Can anyone explain this? Why does the root group permissions affect regular non-privileged users?