Permissive file assignment

  • Rule ID: go_gosec_file_permissions_file_perm
  • Languages: go
  • Source: file_perm.yml


When creating or updating files, ensuring proper file permissions is crucial to maintain security. Overly permissive file settings can allow unauthorized users to read, modify, or execute files, which could lead to information disclosure, data tampering, or compromise of the system.


To prevent unauthorized access, it's important to set restrictive file permissions, particularly when sensitive data is involved. Here's how to manage file permissions in Go:

✅ Restrict File Permissions

Set file permissions to allow only the necessary access level for the application. Avoid using permissions like 0777, which allows read, write, and execute permissions for all users.

✅ Use Go’s os Package

Utilize the os.OpenFile function with the appropriate file permission flags.

✅ Recommended File Permissions

  • 0400 grants read-only access to the file's owner.
  • 0200 grants write-only access to the file's owner.
  • 0600 grants read and write access to the file's owner and is commonly used for files that need to be both read from and written to by the application.
import (

func main() {
// Use os.OpenFile to create a file with restricted permissions
// 0600 permission: Read and write for the owner, no permissions for others
f, err := os.OpenFile("file.txt", os.O_CREATE|os.O_WRONLY, 0600)
if err != nil {
log.Fatalf("failed to create file: %s", err)
defer f.Close()
// Continue to work with the file here

✅ Verify File Permissions

After file creation, check the file permissions to ensure they are set correctly.

✅ Secure Default Permissions

If you are developing an application that creates multiple files, consider setting umask in your application to a secure default.

✅ Review File Permission Settings

Regularly audit file permissions to ensure they adhere to the principle of least privilege.

Associated CWE

OWASP Top 10


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bearer scan /path/to/your-project/ --skip-rule=go_gosec_file_permissions_file_perm

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bearer scan /path/to/your-project/ --only-rule=go_gosec_file_permissions_file_perm