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Old 03-20-2004, 06:23 PM   #1
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/etc/passwd or /etc/shadow?

hi guys,

i wanted to know something is pwconv to make the password file readable only for root with /etc/shadow file is better then doing "chmod 400 /etc/passwd"? or doing "chmod 400 /etc/passwd" will make the system unworking and therfor pwconv is the best way?

thx in advance

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Old 03-20-2004, 09:26 PM   #2
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Normally you can rely on the default privileges in the case of /etc/passwd, /etc/group, /etc/shadow and /etc/gshadow. In the case of Debian/GNU Linux /etc/group and /etc/passwd is readable by everyone, while /etc/shadow and /etc/gshadow is only readable by root or somebody in the shadow group.
Old 03-21-2004, 04:41 AM   #3
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ok thx allot my book didnt mention that


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