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oddjobd-mkhomedir.conf - Man Page

allow limited use of the mkhomedir functions


The /etc/oddjobd.conf.d/oddjobd-mkhomedir.conf is typically processed along with other files in the /etc/oddjobd.conf.d directory.

The mkhomedir helper itself accepts these options:


Restore behavior before CVE-2020-10737 was fixed: create the home directory with user's ownership directly rather than create it as a root and only after populating it change to the user's ownership. The former behavior is insecure but may be used to allow creation of NFS-mounted home directories when non-Kerberos authentication is in use. It is prone for a race condition that could be exploited in the NFS-mounted home directories use case. To avoid CVE-2020-10737, do not use -f option in production environments.


Refrain from outputting the usual "Creating home directory..." message when it creates a home directory.


Only create the home directory; do not populate it using the contents of the skeleton directory.


Override the location of the skeleton directory (by default: /etc/skel).


Specify a umask whose bits are masked off of contents of the skeleton directory while they are copied to the user's new home directory.  The default is read from /etc/login.defs by taking HOME_MODE and UMASK values, in this order.  First found value persists.

See Also

oddjob.conf(5) login.defs(5)


17 June 2014 oddjob Manual