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Old 09-30-2013, 09:27 AM   #1
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news user account password changed, not sure what its for even


Someone reset the password for the news account on our ftp server, but nobody's sure what it's for. I'm assuming since this server is solely used as a vsftpd server, this won't cause any bad effects, but can anyone confirm (or better yet tell me how to confirm) my uneducated assumption?
 
Old 09-30-2013, 09:34 AM   #2
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There must have been a reason to set this password in the first place, although this might have been done "ages" ago and might not even be relevant any more.

I can start a rant about good documentation and all that, but I've had servers put in my care that were years old and did not have any documentation.

My advise: Lock the account the password was changed for and wait a while. If someone/some process complains you can figure out what it is actually used for and if it is still needed. If no one complains then you might consider removing the user/service completely.
 
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Doing some further google'ing, it sounds like news was a standard account in older versions of RHEL, for a news daemon (haven't found yet what it was actually for). I guess we'll see what happens now that the password has been changed, if that breaks anything or not.

None of the servers I inherited have any documentation whatsoever, lots of "fun" over here as I try to not only learn Linux but have that to deal with at the same time.
 
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My advise: Lock the account the password was changed for and wait a while.
Or change it again...This time to some you do know...
 
Old 09-30-2013, 11:07 AM   #5
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That's what we did, guess we'll see what happens
 
  


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