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Date:      Fri, 19 Feb 2016 22:17:42 +0000 (UTC)
From:      Christian Weisgerber <>
Subject:   Re: minimize use of root account
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On 2016-02-19, "Ardie H. Hwang" <> wrote:

> Adding a normal user to `operator` group allows the user to use `shutdown(1) command. `reboot(1)` is only for root, but it can be substituted with `shutdown -r now`.

Note that group operator also grants read access to disk devices.
(The idea is that such users can run backups with dump(8).)
This effectively means read access to any and all files on those
disks, regardless of the filesystem permissions.

Christian "naddy" Weisgerber                

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