Granting access to Iguana’s logs in Linux

As of version 5.0.5, Iguana creates .log files with read-access granted to all users, while allowing only the owner to write to them (0644 for you old-schoolers). Previously it would only grant read/write access to the owner, letting no one else access the files at all (0600). This change does not introduce a security concern, however, since Iguana has always created the logs folder such that only its owner can reach the log files (0700)—if you created the logs folder yourself, you may want to check what access it grants.

Locking Down Access

If you created the logs folder yourself, you may want to deny access to anyone but the owner (chmod 0700 path/to/logs). If you allowed Iguana to create this folder, this is already done for you. Use “ls -ld path/to/logs” to verify; you should see something like “drwx——” for the logs folder.

Granting Access to a Group

Typically in cases where you want to share files with other users, you collect those users into a group. To grant those users access to Iguana’s logs, you first change the group assigned to the logs folder (chgrp TheGroup path/to/logs), then you allow that group to enter but not modify the folder (chmod 0750 path/to/logs). You don’t have to change the group name attached to each .log file; once in the folder, any user can read the logs.


The above examples should work on most Linuxes; if they don’t work, your manual should be very helpful. E.g., “man 1 chmod” will tell you all about those magic numbers above, and give you alternatives like “chmod g+rx path/to/logs” for granting read/enter permission to the log folder’s group.

Another way to grant access to the log folder is with Access Control Lists, or ACLs. I never use them myself, but they are more flexible than the simpler, traditional Linux model describe above (ACLs are not universally supported).

You can prohibit Iguana or any Linux program from creating files with permissions you don’t like. The “umask” command (man 1 umask) can be told which permissions not to allow. Typically this is set to 022 (no write permission for group or other). E.g., if you change that to 026 before running Iguana, Iguana will also not create files that “other” users can read (users who don’t own the file, or who are not in the group assigned to the file). Use care with this as umask applies to every file Iguana creates, not just log files. See your Linux manual for details.

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