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ldd -s says 'insecure directory name'... what does this mean?

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I'm attempting to run a program dependant on a bunch of library files.  All of the files are in the proper /lib directory, yet the program doesn't run.  I did an LDD command on it and it simply said the file was not found, despite the fact that other libraries in the same directory were.

Upon doing an LDD -s, however, it first displayed all of the possible search paths, and then
ignore path = /whichever_lib_dir (insecure directory name)
for each one, whereas the others at least write "trying path."

I dont understand why it would be doing this for this one specific library file only.  The permissions and whatnot for it are identical to all other files which are being properly found, and I am an admin on the machine.

How can I get this library file recognized?  Thanks in advance!
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by:shivsa
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could u try sowhat command. it may be help in Analyzing dependencies.
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by:shivsa
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also check your LD_LIBRARY_PATH,
echo $LD_LIBRARY_PATH, does it have the name of your directory. if not try including this one too.
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also read about this security document.
downloads.securityfocus.com/library/ practical_solaris_security.ps
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by:Skkra
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The LD_LIBRARY_PATH is correct.  I tried the other tip but that didnt work either.
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by:shivsa
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what version of solaris u are running.
have u applied all the patches for this release.
there were some bug fixes related to ldd in recent patches related to insecure files/directories.
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there were some changes done for secure loading libs.
and libs put in
/usr/lib/secure
/usr/lib/sparcv9/secure.

if your appliaction need LD_PRELOAD, and your libs are not there, it will give u this error.
try to place your libs to one of these directory and try again. This is the workaround for problems faced in solris 7 and solaris 8.
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by:Skkra
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Shivsa, thank you for all of your help, but I managed to figure out the solution myself eventually.

The file I was attempting to execute, while I had the permissions, we owned by root, while I was on an alternate admin account.  Once I used chown to set the file to myself, the problem went away.

Is there some way to have this thread closed?
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Good to know you got the issue resolved.
You can close the question by following this guidelines.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hs5
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downloads.securityfocus.com/library/ practical_solaris_security.ps

tells about these kind of securties problems. so u can read it more to learn more about securities issues related to library issue.
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You can close the question by following this guidelines.

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