Ticket #10832 (new defect)
Installer: Error in permissions and handling of umask => Fixed in SVN
|Reported by:||jdeblese||Owned by:|
|Version:||VirtualBox 4.1.18||Keywords:||permiissions, umask|
We recently updated a linux machine running 4.1.14 to 4.1.18 (the "all distributions" version), and struggled to get VirtualBox running again. It would start as root, but gave various errors when run as a user. The problem turned out to be fairly simple: both the folder /etc/vbox and the folder /opt/VirtualBox/components had the permissions "rwxr-x---", I suspect because of the installing user having a umask of 027. Granting read and execute permissions on these folders allowed users to run VirtualBox again.
Summary: the installer does not take the current umask into account and leaves the installation in an unusable state.
Error messages seen as a result of this: