Although helpful, sticky bits, SUID bits, and SGID bits can be confusing. Here's what you need to know.
A gentleman who had just finished an IBM AIX basic administration course was confused about sticky bits, Set User ID (SUID) bits, and Set Group ID (SGID) bits, so he asked me to explain them in plain English. After explaining that sticky bits are all about permissions and SUID and SGID bits are all about higher privileges when running an executable program, I realized that confusion about sticky bits, SUID bits, and SGID bits is common. Let's take a look at what they are and how to set ...
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