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Old 05-08-2004, 04:31 PM   #1
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Removing default users in passwd file?

I'm seting up a web server and trying to reduce the number of users to increase security. Below is the default /etc/passwd file from Debian. I used "find / -user xxxx" to search for files owned by each. The leading # symbol represents the users who do not own files.

Is it a good idea to delete (all, some, none) of these users? Which ones should I not delete?

#gnats:x:41:41:Gnats Bug-Reporting System (admin):/var/lib/gnats:/bin/fasle
jdoe:x:1000:1000:John Doe,,,:/home/jdoe:/bin/bash
Old 05-08-2004, 05:33 PM   #2
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Hey man.

Keep all those users if they are default. they are needed for diferent sorts of system functions, and not associated necessarily with security.

as far as I can see, jdoe is the only big threat!



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