[Mailman-Users] Install Question

Charles Sebold sebold at lcms.org
Tue Jan 8 21:51:54 CET 2002

On 24 Teveth 5762, Tim Legg wrote:

> Is there any reason the password must be a "*"?  It seams that this
> could be a security risk.  Couldn't anybody just login as mailman and
> know that the password is "*" and do all kinds of mean things?

The value is not the actual password, but the one-way encryption of the
password; in other words, if your password, hashed, is "*", then you can
get in.  Pretty much impossible; the effect is to disable logins on this
account for anyone but root.
Charles Sebold                                      24th of Teveth, 5762
LCMS - Office of Information Systems                http://unix.ois.org/
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