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I'm a Java developer writing a web app (Jetty server).

Are there any guides out there are how I might downgrade user permissions using Java?

Most native Linux apps will start as root, open root-only ports like 80/443, then downgrade themselves to a non root user (through a process which I'm not familiar with).

I'd like to be able to do the same in a Java environment.

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See serverfault.com/questions/112795/… – sergio91pt Sep 23 '11 at 17:27
    
That's what I needed to see, thanks sergio91pt, can you post that as an answer so I can close this off? – David Parks Sep 23 '11 at 20:18
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On ServerFault theres a similar question with a bunch of different solutions.

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