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Date:      Mon, 15 Aug 2011 12:59:07 -0400
From:      Michael Powell <nightrecon@hotmail.com>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: unprivledged users (for a service)
Message-ID:  <j2biv0$rkb$1@dough.gmane.org>
References:  <20110815163659.GA22081@gmail.com> <238F0CF5-33DC-4F9A-88E3-F8356E125573@mac.com>

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Chuck Swiger wrote:

> On Aug 15, 2011, at 9:37 AM, Chris Brennan wrote:
>> It's been a while since I've had to do this and the drive that contained
>> all of my notes is dead, along with the backup (I was actually lucky to
>> recover my home drive before it also failed but my notes were not
>> there). I cannot for the life of me remember how to properly add an
>> unprivledged user that will only be used for running a specific system
>> service. So it doesn't need a login shell or $HOME.
> 
> Add a user and set the shell to /bin/false or perhaps /sbin/nologin; for
> $HOME set it to /var/empty or /tmp, perhaps.
> 
> Regards,

I always used to look at user 'nobody' in vipw for this:

nobody:*:65534:65534::0:0:Unprivileged user:/nonexistent:/usr/sbin/nologin

-Mike





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