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From "Sylvain Lebresne (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Updated] (CASSANDRA-12641) False positive when checking if the user is root
Date Wed, 14 Sep 2016 07:53:21 GMT


Sylvain Lebresne updated CASSANDRA-12641:
    Priority: Minor  (was: Major)

> False positive when checking if the user is root
> ------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-12641
>                 URL:
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Bug
>            Reporter: Matt Wringe
>            Priority: Minor
> Cassandra will fail to start if it thinks its running as the Root user. It does so by
checking if the users uid or gid is 0:
> The problem is that a gid of 0 doesn't really mean anything in terms of security. It
does not mean that the user has root privileges or any other special permissions.
> If you are running in an environment where the group id is 0 (such as certain containerized
environments) then you can run into this false positive and have to add the -R option to by
pass the check.
> It would be nice to be able to just run Cassandra in these environments without having
to add the -R option.

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