remote server and effective uid

Tim Harig usernet at
Mon Nov 15 22:26:02 CET 2010

On 2010-11-15, Tim Arnold <a_jtim at> wrote:
> On Nov 15, 10:41 am, Tim Harig <user... at> wrote:
>> On 2010-11-15, Tim Arnold <a_j... at> wrote:
>> > How can I enable the server process to write into the client's
>> > directories?
>> > If I change the inetd service to run as 'root', I guess that would
>> > work, but then the client couldn't remove the files put there after
>> > the request.
>> Python provides os.setuid() and os.seteuid() which wrap the system
>> functions.  See you systems man pages for these functions for more
>> information.
> Thanks -- that was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be.
> pass the client's uid in the message to the server like so
> argstring, local_dir, uid = message.split(':')
> os.seteuid(int(uid))

I am not sure exactly what you are doing; but, I would advise great
caution as messing this up could easily open your system to exploitation.
Be very sure that you know what you are doing.

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