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Fixing chmod -R 777 /

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8


root user run the chmod -R 777 / command and all file permissions for the entire system have read/write/execute for every user.

***Note: Never run this command***


There are two options to fix this issue: 
  • Reinstall - Copy off all pertinent data and then wipe the drive and reinstall with an up to date version of SLE.
  • Restore - Restore from a full system backup taken before the change was made.


The command chmod -R 777 / makes every single file on the system under / (root)  have rwxrwxrwx permissions.  This is equivalent to allowing ALL users read/write/execute permissions.  If other directories such as home, media, etc are under root then those will be affected as well.  This causes a very large security hole for the entire system and should be fixed immediately.


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  • Document ID:7014410
  • Creation Date: 14-Jan-2014
  • Modified Date:26-Aug-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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