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How to audit permissions with the find command

How to audit permissions with the find command

Learn how to audit permissions on your Linux system using the find command with the -perm option - along with four bonus permissions auditing methods - in this RedHat tutorial.

 

Let's face it: The Linux filesystem can be complex. Add in mounted remote filesystems, removable media, and any server-specific directories you have created, and you or your users may find it difficult to remember exactly where a given file is stored. That's where the find command comes in. It allows you to search for files or directories based on various criteria. I'll do a basic review of find below, but this article's focus is a bit different: Find resources by permissions.

Why do I need to find by permissions?

  • Security audit
  • Troubleshoot user access complaints
  • Troubleshoot application access issues

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