Admin Test 2000 AGM Answers

Redbrick System Administrator Test
February 11th, 2000

Example Solution

a)    When the sticky bit is set on a directory, only the file's owner
    may delete the file.
b)    When the set-gid bit is set on a directory, files created in that
    directory will be owned by the same group as the directory.
c)    A hard link is another reference to a file.  Both files refer to
    the same inode, and the file is only deleted when the number of
    links drops to zero.  The hard link is indistinguishable from the
    original.  Hard links may not cross filesystems.
    A symbolic link is merely a file which refers to the filename of
    another file.
d)    mkfifo creates a named piped or fifo.  A fifo allows interprocess
    communications, one process opens the file for reading while one
    or more other processes open the file for writing.
e)    Sticky Bit: /tmp
    Set-Gid Directory:  /var/postfix/maildrop
    ln -s /usr/local/really/long/and/complicated/path link
    ln .mailspool mbox

a)    (A corrected version of pixies solution)  (For FreeBSD)

    for i in `find ~eviluser -type f`
        if [ `grep -c "i hate pixies" $i` != 0 ] ; then
            echo "And you said you loved me..." | hey eviluser
            pw userdel -r eviluser    
b)    Perl (Practical Extraction and Report Language) is a powerful
    interpreted scripting language, primarily useful for text
    manipulation and CGI.
    Awk is a pattern matching and text processing language useful
    for reformatting the output of other programs.
    Grep is a pattern matching program

a)    Real UID identifies who we really are.  It is taken from the
    password file and not normally changed.  It may only be changed
    if our Effective User ID is zero.
    Effective UID determines a users file access permissions.  It may
    be set to either the processes real or saved UID.
    The Saved UID is set equal to a processes Effective UID at exec.
    For a setuid program, both Effective and Saved IDs are set.
b)    chsh    -    yes
    mount    -    sometimes (if users must mount floppy/cdrom)
    ping     -    sometimes (if we want to give users ping)
    nice    -    no
    passwd    -    yes
    init    -    no  (only ever executed by root)
    write    -    no    (setgid tty)
    ps        -    no
c)    Shorter than 8 characters.
    All lower case
    All alphabetic
    Dictionary word
    Username, Real Name, Tasty (thanks Karl) Pet's Name
d)    You may change the group ownership of a file from one group you
    are a member of to another which you are also a member of, if you
    own the file.
e)    Having . in your path is a major security hole, as attempting
    to run ls in a users directory may lead to you running a nasty
    program they have written.  It is especially bad if . is at the
    front of your path.
f)    /etc/master.passwd on FreeBSD is equivalent to /etc/shadow on some
    other systems.  It contains encrypted passwords.
g)    In public key encryption, data is encrypted for a user using a
    public key which can be distributed freely.  Once encrypted the
    data may only be decrypted using that users private key.  Keys are
    created in pairs.

a)    c = character device.  A character device is written to and read
    from like a file.
    Examples:    /dev/tty, /dev/null, /dev/psaux
    b = block device.    A device which is designed to be mounted via
    the mount command.
    Examples:    /dev/hda, /dev/fd0, /dev/cdrom
b)    A network device.
c)    A real terminal device is related to an actual physical terminal
    such as the console or a serial port, while pseudo terminals are
    allocated to processes wishing to emulate a physical terminal such
    as telnetd.

a)    All files in /example are hidden while the drive is mounted, and
    cannot be accessed again until the drive is unmounted.
b)    Open machine, connect disk, power on.
    disklabel (on FreeBSD)
    (make appropriate changes to /etc/fstab)
c)    da2s1e
    a - first scsi controller (of this type)
    2 - scsi device
    1 - disk label
    e - partition

a)    In a class B network the first two bytes of the IP address are
    the network address, and the second two bytes are the host
    A netmask is used to determine which part is the network address
    and which is the host address.
    Eg:        Class A:
            Class B:
            Class C:
b)    ifconfig
c)    route
d)    The physical address of a network card (assigned to the card on
    manafacture) and used to route data on an ethernet segment.
e)    TCP is Transmission Control Protocol and is responsible for
    checking data for missing packets, keeping packets in order, 
    connection handshakes, and directing packets to the processes
    waiting for them (via port numbers).
f)    A network connection over which data may be simultaneously
    transmitted and recieved.
g)    Types of records in a DNS zone file:
    MX    - Mail Exchange, where mail for the host should be delivered to.
    A    - Address, the ip address of the name.
    PTR - Pointer, the name for an ip address.
    CNAME - Canonical Name, a DNS alias.
    SOA    - Source of Authority, information about the Zone file.
h)    The Serial Number is used to detect when a zone file changes.  It
    must be updated every time a zone file is changed and is usually of
    the form:  YYYYMMDDnn, (nn number of the change today).

a)    Pico will attempt to load the entire file into memory.  Users will
    get very annoyed and you won't get to do very much editing. (Vim
    does not do this.)
b)    On Solaris it kills all processes.
    On Linux it kills all processes of a given name.

a)    A Mail Transport Agent is responsible from transporting e-mail from
    it origin to destrination over the network, and for directing mail
    to the appropriate Mail Delivery Agent.
    Postfix is used on Enigma.
b)    A Mail Delivery Agent is used to deliver mail to a users mailbox.
    Procmail is used on Enigma.
c)    /etc/aliases
    newaliases -v
    (Restarting the mailserver will work but is hardly the ideal 
d)    innd

a)    tar, dump
b)    split  (I only learnt about this when everyone answered it, I
    have always used dd.)
c)    netstat | grep LISTEN  ( I didn't require the grep. )
d)    nice - sets a processes priority
    domainname - sets a servers NIS domainname.  (Not DNS domainname)
    sync - Flushes disk buffers.
    true - Do nothing, successfully.  (To quote the manpage)
    ldconfig - Prepares information about dynamically loadable libraries
    for use by the run-time linker. 
    wget - Command line tool for fetching files via http.
    dmesg - Displays boot messages
    wall - Writes a message to the terminal of every user.
    su - Changes your uid.  It queries for the users password if you
    are not root.
    cat - Writes either its standard in, or files given as arguements
    to its standard output.  (I did not accept concatenates files)
e)    NIS - Network Information Service.
    Allows central management of a number of configuration files over
    a network.  May be used to manage /etc/passwd, /etc/hosts and 

a)    Yes
b)    No
c)    No
d)    Yes
e)    Yes
f)    Yes
g)    Yes
h)    No
i)    No
j)    No    


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