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what is 4 in chmod 4755 /bin/ls  mean
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man chmod

4 in this case set the SUID bit, same as chmod u+s
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it means set user ID on executing.

The general attributes are: set user id on executing (setuid), set group id on executing (setgid), and the sticky bit. These attributes can be set with the command chmod using either method :



chmod u+s - set the setuid bit.
chmod g+s - set the setgid bit.
chmod u+t - set the sticky bit or directories

or numerically:

chmod 4777 - setuid and read/write/execute for everyone.
chmod 2777 - setgid and read/write/execute for everyone.
chmod 1777 - set sticky bit and read/write/passthrough on a directory.
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