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Does /etc/fstab need to be world readable? [Resolved]

I would like to put network share mounts in /etc/fstab, but by default that file is world-readable which allows everyone to read the credentials I put into the mount options.

Is it safe to make /etc/fstab not readable by anyone other than root, e.g. owned by root:root with permissions 0640?

FWIW, I am using Debian Squeeze/Wheezy and Ubuntu LTS.

Question Credit: Rob
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Asked October 6, 2019
Posted Under: Network
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