The next release of Ubuntu will fix a security issue that has persisted in the popular desktop distribution for more than a decade.
The original bug report, filed in 2006 in lieu of this issue, was eventually marked as fixed by Alex Murray, Ubuntu Security Tech Lead at Canonical.
In contrast to many other distributions, Ubuntu creates user home directories with worldwide writable permissions by default. Murray reiterated the problem late last year, arguing, among other things, that Ubuntu now has a significant customer and user base in the public cloud and server space, for whom the globally readable home directories “are more of a weapon than a function. ”
It was originally argued in 2006 that worldwide writable directories made Ubuntu more convenient for multi-user environments, as it made it much easier to share files between multiple users on a shared desktop.
However, as Murray explained, the permissions could be a disaster in today’s …