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Hi everyone! I have a newbie doubt, checking the /etc/passwd file from my server (SuSE 10 SP1), there are various system users like bin, daaemon, ftp, games, man, among others, ...
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    Question Newbie question about user bin,daemon, etc


    Hi everyone!

    I have a newbie doubt, checking the /etc/passwd file from my server (SuSE 10 SP1), there are various system users like bin, daaemon, ftp, games, man, among others, but I'm seeing that they have /bin/bash as their command shell.

    Looking at the /etc/shadow, I noticed that all of them have an * in their encrypted password, meaning, as I understand, that their logon procedure should be disabled.

    The question is, what's the point to have a command/shell to /bin/bash if they can't login? Is there any reason to not put /bin/false instead?

    Thanks in advance

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    That is a good question - on my system, all such accounts, like yours, have * in their encrypted password in shadow, but they have /sbin/nologin for their shells.

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