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w command for the other network hosts

While the who command refers to the local machine, rwho shows the same informations about all the known hosts of the local network. Similarly, w shows informations about the users on the local ...
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What mechanism prevents any user from accessing any other user's files via root?

On a multi-user system, what protects against any user accessing any other users files via root? As context, the question is based on my understanding as follows: There are two commands related to ...
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Is there a Linux equivalent of the Windows super-administrator?

Windows has a super-administrator account that has not only elevated privileges to perform protected system functions, but unfettered access to anything on the computer, regardless of user ownership. ...
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Adding Windows user to Linux group; possible? [closed]

I have a NAS that runs on Linux and I connect to it from my Windows desktop. I noticed that all directory in that drive belongs to user 'root' and group 'root'. That effectively denies me the right to ...
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How to change to normal user in the command line when logged in as the root user?

I log into an system through root via ssh. How do I become the normal user or another user on the system?
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Understanding a couple of points regarding root privileges

I just wanted to confirm my understanding of a couple of things related to root privileges. Is it correct that: The user name "administrator" is not a reserved name with implied privileges, it is ...
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How to create user in Linux without attributes in default group?

I know, how create with attributes adduser -n username GROUP, we find in /etc/default/useradd. But in login.defs, we can add something.
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How to check if a user can access a given file?

*nix user permissions are really simple, but things can get messy when you have to take in account all the parent directory access before reaching a given file. How can I check if the user has enough ...
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Securing www directory in Ubuntu/Apache without restricting access to those who need it?

I'm on my first time setting up an Apache2/Ubuntu web server and I'm stuck as to how to achieve the security settings I need. On the www folder - the web root - my www-data group (the apache and PHP ...
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What is the regex to validate Linux users?

When adding a new user, how is the string validated? I suppose there is a regular expression. What is that regular expression?
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can't find my user name in /etc/passwd nor name of my initial group in /etc/group

Here is what i get: [zehu@danville ~]$ groups apl vboxusers [zehu@danville ~]$ [zehu@danville ~]$ grep zehu /etc/passwd [zehu@danville ~]$ [zehu@danville ~]$ grep apl /etc/group [zehu@danville ...
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Reasons behind the default groups and users on Linux

Having a look at the default users & groups management on some usual Linux distributions (respectively ArchLinux and Debian), I'm wondering two things about it and about the consequences of ...
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How to use programs by users who haven't installed them themselves?

I have created a new user on my Ubuntu Linux at which I am the root. My root account has access to Wine, I want to use Wine from my newly created account without having to install it again. I have ...
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PHP running under “www-data” user

In PHP if I run get_curret_user() it prints www-data. This makes it impossible for me to use this function in order to test a FTP password from input. Is there any way to make PHP run under the ...
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Once sudo su'd to root, is there a command to see my username?

I have sudo rights on a redhat box; once I've sudo su - to become root in a shell, are there any commands I can run to see what username I su'd FROM?
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Mount cifs using a credentials file

I am trying to mount a folder from my embedded Linux system to a windows 7 computer. I keep getting Permission Denied when I try using a credentials file. When I do it from command line as root it ...
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Who is user “unset” in aureport?

I couldn't find this elusive "unset" user in /etc/passwd and there is no mention of him in man aureport although she scored the most number of hits on my audit log: # aureport -u -i --summary --start ...
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How to extract a list of user accounts deleted from the system over a period of 1 year? [closed]

I'm auditing an AIX and a Linux system and I would like to know how many user accounts were created and deleted over a 1 year period. Is there some way of getting this data from the Unix system?
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“Suggest” to RPM install the UID of a user that is going to be created?

In an RPM it's possible to create a system account; is it possible to suggest the UID to use? For example; during the normal install say that the UID in use was going to be 100; but I want it to use ...
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Redirect SSH user server side

I know that I can create shortcuts for specific users/servers on the client side via ~/.ssh/config or /etc/ssh/ssh_config, but I would like to do something similar but on the server side. That is, ...
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What is the command for listing all users who are members of the admin group?

I am looking for the name of the superusers list on Fedora. (On Ubuntu is seems to be "sudo".) I want to add one of the users to the superusers list. The groups command only lists the groups of the ...
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Adding new users from terminal session

Is there a way to add a new user from the terminal AND have the system setup their user profile? ie, create their home DIR and add then to the sudoers file? I'd like to be able to do this without them ...
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Creating an user without a password

I'm trying to create user without password like this: sudo adduser \ --system \ --shell /bin/bash \ --gecos ‘User for managing of git version control’ \ --group \ --disabled-password \ ...
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new users can't log in via GUI

I have added 3 new users to the system via a terminal session and defined their password. However at the GUI logon screen when I click on their account and put in the password I get the spinning wheel ...
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Why can't I login in as the ftp user?

After installing vsftpd I have the user ftp on my system. I assigned a password to this account. However, I still cannot login as the ftp user (on the command line, without any ftp-protocol involved). ...
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Why is there a ! in the password hash?

In /etc/shadow, I have a line that begins: ubuntu:!$6$Pi4BKmX8$........................ Why is there a ! before the $6$ in the hash?
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How to use a separated user with GUI on OpenBSD?

A webbrowser is a GREAT attack vector since people use it to access the "dangerous" internet. Very bad things can come in through to the desktop. So in general for a desktop, we can do the ...
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Why does every user have his own group?

One thing I've noticed in a lot of recent distros is that users all have their own groups with the same name as their user name. What's the purpose of that? Groups are made to group users together in ...
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How to prevent a new user to inherit the files of a deleted user?

I just deleted a user with "userdel", without deleting its home dir. Right after the deletion, I created a new user, with its own home dir. What striked me as odd, was that the new user gets the UID ...
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What steps to add a user to a system without using useradd/adduser?

I was browsing through some Linux questions and saw this interesting question. What steps to add a user to a system without using useradd/adduser? The one possible way that comes to my mind is, ...
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Switch User won't work in Xfce

I'm trying to do Switch User in action buttons but gets me following error : Unable to start new display GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.ServiceUnknown: The name ...
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Why only one active group at a time?

As far as I understand the users in Unix system can belong to multiple groups and one of them will become the primary group for that user. Others will be supplementary groups. All of this User/Group ...
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Cannot login to svn server

I have a SVN server on my Raspberry Pi (Raspbian). It has a project under the directory /welcome, I want to add users to it. My users would be admin with password admin and user2 with password ...
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Preserve ownership with rsync and nonexistent user

I have two computers with the same user, me@Home and me@Work. I usually kept their folders synced by bringing Work home (it's a laptop) and rsyncing over LAN. However, now I'm not bringing Work home ...
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Lightweight virtualization on Linux with user isolation

What Linux-on-Linux virtualization technologies provide user isolation? Specifically, I want root in the virtual machine not to have any privilege on the host. This was not the case for LXC, but was ...
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Change user info on the command line

I have made a user in Mint 16 but want to change its first and last name without deleting it and starting from scratch. I know how to do it with a GUI but I want to know the terminal command ...
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switching from user to root and revers (FreeBSD)

I want to make some modification with root and then with my user, in fact I want to install sudo and he give me the error in the first step: cd /usr/ports/security/sudo make install clean ...
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Default files in home dir for each user

I'm using ubuntu server 14.04. I want to add some files and folders by default in each user's home directory, whenever a user account is created.
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Local Account Creation Date

For compliance purposes there is the need to fetch information regarding local (user and non-user) accounts creation date on UNIX machines. Is there any way (even if it's not the most reliable or ...
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Unix Useradd - Audit list of users added to system [duplicate]

I would like to understand how could I pull out a list of users that have been added with certain privileges to a Unix system over a certain period of time. Now, I understand one way to go about ...
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chown removes sticky bit: bug or feature?

Steps to reproduce: germar@host:~$ cd /tmp/ germar@host:/tmp$ touch test && chmod u+s test && ls -la test -rwSr--r-- 1 germar germar 0 Nov 2 20:11 test germar@host:/tmp$ chown ...
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How to open a program as another user inside a logged display?

I'm trying to open netbeans as a different user, but isn't working. I'm running a Kubuntu 12.04 LTS with KDE. And I tried the following: Open a terminal, type su - myotheruser, type the myotheruser ...
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Store passwords of Linux users in plain text - on purpose [duplicate]

I want to reset passwords temporarily to log in as root at least one time to change passwords. I have access to the hard drive and I can run a live distro to gain root access. I did think it would be ...
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Sendmail can't find local users (with uppercase letters)

Sendmail works through sending to a smarthost, but can't find local users. # sendmail -bv LocalUser@myhost.net LocalUser@myhost.net... User unknown # grep LocalUser /var/log/maillog Sep 8 03:48:30 ...
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sudo - impersonating a user

I am trying to use the sudo command and sudoers file correctly so that I can run a command as another user. I have my sudoers file set up as follows: beans ALL = (root,apache) NOPASSWD: ...
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Is it possible to change passwords temporarily?

I have a Linux system with several users. I don't know their passwords, nor do I want to know them. I have to do a batch copy of some of their directories over SSH, with their account and password. ...
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Debian file's permissions for secondary's group of user

I am installing a proftpd server on a debian dedicated server, In order to be able to update some website files in this folder : /var/www/website I have added a new user : my-ftp-user This user's ...
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Can I allow a non-root user to log in when /etc/nologin exists?

Suppose a non-root user with sudo privileges executes a delayed shutdown (shutdown +10 or whatever) and logs out. Then, before the shutdown occurs, he wants to log back in and cancel the shutdown. The ...
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As what user does a command end up executing? [duplicate]

How can I find out as what user a command executes? (I'm running Ubuntu, but I suspect the answer applies to Unix in general). What I'm trying to do is get msmtp running and logging to ...
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How to set up networking on a per-user basis?

I would like to set up access to corporate VPN for just my user account on my computer; not for the other accounts and certainly not for the guest user. To achieve this, I presume, I need to ...