I am running Ubuntu 14.04 and MS Word 2013 through VMware Player 7.0. I share files between my guest and host by mounting my home as a network folder in VMPlayer. My problem is that every time I save a file with Word (tested with .pdf and .docx), it is saved with permissions
-rwxr-xr-x. My already existing word files all have permissions
-rw-rw-r--, which seems more sound to me. These more restrictive permissions are also used by LibreOffice when saving as both .odt and .docx.
I read some old threads about a similar issue occurring with Word on OS X a while back, but could not find anything related to why it is happening for me. Does anyone know why these files are saved with executable permissions? How can I fix it other than manually changing permissions with chmod? Is there any harm in them being executables other than confusing me in terminal?
I did some more testing and it turns out that every single file creating in the windows guest get executable permissions set. I also tried VMPlayer 6.0.3 and the same thing occurred. I must have missed this when creating files previously. I wonder why these are the default permissions and if they can be changed, but according to what @gronosaj commented, it seems like an issue that is hard to work around. I posted about this over at the VMware Player forums and here on SU to see if they can give me any further information.