MAJOR hole in 5.0

Ian Molton spyro at
Thu Sep 25 14:33:48 PDT 2003

On Thu, 25 Sep 2003 21:35:25 +0200
Matthias Benkmann <matthias at> wrote:

> Could someone please tell me, how a user account called "nobody" with
> no valid shell and no password that doesn't own any files is a major
> security risk and a user account called "miller" with a valid shell
> and password that owns files and has write access to /home/miller is
> not?

the problem was 'nobody' in the current book DOES have a shell.
admittedly not a massive problem but many daemons assume nobody to be an
unprivelidged user with no files of its own.

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