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When I list al groups I see one called 'nogroup'. What is this for? Is it supposed to be least privileged one or something? I'm using ubuntu 11.04.

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Not strictly related to your question, but I found this interesting, refspecs.linux-foundation.org/LSB_3.1.0/LSB-Core-generic/… – Paolo Apr 4 '15 at 14:02
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nogroup is the group analog to the nobody user. It is used for unprivileged processes so that even if something goes wrong the process does not have the permissions to cause any serious damage to an important user or group.

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Is there any sense in nobody/nogroup? I once found that ntpd in OpenSuSE was running as "nobody" - so if someone gets nobody he can kill my ntpd... – Nils Oct 13 '11 at 19:59
@Nils You are correct. The nobody user paradigm only works for a single service. The recommended practice is moving towards running each process as a separate user. – jw013 Oct 13 '11 at 20:21

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