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FS#16907 - [ntfs-3g] an unprivileged user cannot mount a ntfs-3g partition anymore (external FUSE)

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Opened by Paolo (palmaway) - Thursday, 29 October 2009, 18:16 GMT
Last edited by Ronald van Haren (pressh) - Thursday, 05 November 2009, 22:06 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Packages: Extra
Status Closed
Assigned To Ronald van Haren (pressh)
Architecture All
Severity Medium
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 2
Private No


Since ntfs-3g is now built with external FUSE support, an unprivileged user cannot mount a ntfs-3g partition anymore, even if the ntfs-3g binary is set to setuid-root.

Wen called, mount.ntfs-3g exits with the following error:
"Mount is denied because setuid and setgid root ntfs-3g is insecure with the external FUSE library. Either remove the setuid/setgid bit from the binary or rebuild NTFS-3G with integrated FUSE support and make it setuid root. Please see more information at";

This option is very useful, especially when mounting *external disks* with NTFS partitions.

Additional info:
* package version(s): ntfs-3g 2009.4.4-2

Steps to reproduce:
Allow an unpriviledged user to mount an ntfs-3g partition following the steps reported in

Unprivileged block device mounts work only if all the below requirements are met:
1. ntfs-3g is compiled with integrated FUSE support
2. the ntfs-3g binary is at least version 1.2506
3. the ntfs-3g binary is set to setuid-root
4. the user has access right to the volume
5. the user has access right to the mount point
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Closed by  Ronald van Haren (pressh)
Thursday, 05 November 2009, 22:06 GMT
Reason for closing:  Won't fix
Additional comments about closing:  use abs if you need internal fuse support, or use one of the other ways to access your ntfs partitions as normal user
Comment by Jan de Groot (JGC) - Thursday, 29 October 2009, 23:36 GMT
What's wrong with wrappers like hal/devicekit-disks, or using sudo?

From the ntfs-3g website:
"Please note that using setuid-root can result unforeseen privilege escalation and its usage is discouraged. Only the absolutely trusted users must be granted such access."