John Monagin wrote:
> Good afternoon,
> I have been using OpenSSH 3.8p1 and added code to sftp-server.c so I
> could put users in chroot jail. When I setup a new system and downloaded
> OpenSSH 4.4p1 and tried the same patch it fails with the following in

Unless you mention which patch you're using then the help that you get
might be limited...

> the /var/log/messages file:
> sftp-server[11001]: fatal: Couldn't chroot to user directory
> /home/newyork/ftpbcc: Operation not permitted
> I was wondering why one would work and the other would not.

The chroot(2) system call requires root privileges. I suspect that the
patch requires that you make sftp-server setuid root and that your new
installation doesn't have that. (Note that the code in the patch needs
to be careful otherwise it might be able to be (mis)used by a user to
elevate their privileges.)

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