sendmail forwarding errors in LogWatch report

Michael Torrie torriem at
Fri Dec 9 09:07:22 MST 2005

On Fri, 2005-12-09 at 06:49 -0700, Wade Preston Shearer wrote:
> I have a question about some information in my LogWatch report. One  
> of the sections covers sendmail. In it it lists forwarding errors. I  
> am not seeing what the problem is though. I have created an example  
> below. Anyone know what these errors mean?

It appears to mean just what it says.  Some user's .forward file has
write permissions for the group (a security hole).  You are being warned
that you should check the permission on that .forward file and make sure
it is not writable to anyone but the owner.


>   --------------------- sendmail Begin ------------------------
> Forwarding errors:
>      /path/to/a/users/mail/dir//.forward.servername: Group writable  
> directory: 167 Time(s)
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Michael Torrie <torriem at>

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