[Mailman-Users] Install Question

Tim Legg mail_man at pc047113.stuorg.iastate.edu
Wed Jan 9 01:54:39 CET 2002

So I should modify the FreeBSD /etc/master.passwd and change the encrypted
password to '*'?  Is this the method in which you describe?

I already ran adduser and created the user and group mailman.  I asserted
the shell to be /dev/null

[excerpt from /etc/passwd]
mail_man:*:1000:1000:Tim Legg:/home/mail_man:/bin/csh
mailman:*:1003:999:Mailman Daemon:/home/mailman:/dev/null

The one on top is the address in which I subscribe to this list with.

On Tue, 8 Jan 2002, J C Lawrence wrote:

> On Tue, 8 Jan 2002 14:40:27 -0600 (CST)
> Tim Legg <mail_man at pc047113.stuorg.iastate.edu> 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?
> '*', like '!' is a flag value that indicates that the account cannot
> be authenticated with a password.
> --
> J C Lawrence
> ---------(*)                Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas.
> claw at kanga.nu               He lived as a devil, eh?
> http://www.kanga.nu/~claw/  Evil is a name of a foeman, as I live.

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