CYRUS-SASL: /var/run/saslauthd permissions

Randy McMurchy randy at
Fri Oct 30 15:57:48 PDT 2009

Claus Regelmann wrote these words on 10/30/09 17:10 CST:
> The BLFS-installation instuction for cyrus-sasl says:
> 'install -v -m700 -d /var/lib/sasl /var/run/saslauthd'
> this restricts access to '/var/run/saslauthd/mux' to
> processes running with root privs.
> I just recognized this problem, when installing/testing cyrus-imapd from scratch.
> I followed the cyrus instructions to run the service under an unpriv user(cyrus),
> and I set its authentication method to 'sasl_pwcheck_method:to saslauthd'
> Setting the privs for '/var/run/saslauthd' 711 works.

Thanks for this information. I suppose it is the imapd that suggests
using a unpriv user? Or is this in the Cyrus-SASL package instructions?
I'll see if can't work up a ticket for this.


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