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Re: sending email from Cygwin
- From: luke dot kendall at cisra dot canon dot com dot au
- To: "Pierre A. Humblet" <Pierre dot Humblet at ieee dot org>
- Cc: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004 12:02:14 +1000 (EST)
- Subject: Re: sending email from Cygwin
On 14 Jul, Pierre A. Humblet wrote:
> Thanks for the feedback.
> The problem is that the exim startup code thinks that you are a privileged
> user (see "privileged 1" above). It does that by checking that you have the
> "Create Token" privilege (you have not answered my question about having
> given yourself unusual privileges).
> However you are not in the admins group (544), so you can't setuid after
So that the main user of the machine is able to install software, they
are given admin privileges. So, I have admin privileges. I can find
out more details about what that precisely means by asking our Windows
sysadmin people, if it would help?
> If you don't have that privilege, there is a bug somewhere. That will require
> more testing.
> If you have it, I would recommend that you remove it. It opens vulnerabilities
> for no good reason, AFAIK.
> If there is no bug, I will modify exim to take care of your peculiar
> That will be with the next official release.
> >$ uname -a
> >CYGWIN_NT-5.1 DOYLE 1.5.10(0.116/4/2) 2004-05-25 22:07 i686 unknown
> unknown Cygwin
> P.S.: On normal Unix systems exim is a suid program starting as root.
> When it's not necessary to be root, it setuid to a non privileged account.
> That explains the "privilege not needed" comment in the error message.
> That call fails in your case because you are not privileged enough :(
Ah. So it's trying to say:
"root privilege not needed (you have admin privileges)"
or something like that.
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