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How to properly setup user/groups/permissions for a web server?

I spent all day figuring this out, but without success, so hopefully I can get some help here: I have Ubuntu 13.10 VPS server with nginx, PHP 5 and MariaDB installed. I created custom system user ...
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New webserver: What all user accounts should I create and permissions to provide for

This is a followup on my question here. I am setting up the first webserver and am fumbling with what user accounts to create and permissions to provide for better security. Below is what I have. ...
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Log in as one user but authenticate as another

This might be a weird question but I wonder if there are possibilities to this. When I'm configuring a system I prefer to be root so that I don't have to sudo everything. However, the root account is ...
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Can linux use a mix of SHA-1 and CRYPT passwords?

We have an automated sync-routine that uses useradd to create new users on a Ubuntu 10.04 machine. The application launching the routine provided both username and CRYPT-encrypted password. However, ...
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A question about permissions of hierarchical directories

I have some directories, with following permissions: drwxr-xr-x 18 user1 root 4096 Oct 27 11:25 /home/test1/test2 drwxr-xr-x 24 user1 root 4096 Oct 21 08:38 /home/test1 drwxr-xr-x 492 root root 12288 ...
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Will a users password expire if I set the “maxexpired” to “-1”? [maxage not 0] - AIX

So under AIX 6, according to "lsuser" the user has the following settings: maxexpired=-1 maxage=2 So this means that 2 weeks after the last password update of the user the password will expire, but ...
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How can a user run a program in kernel mode?

Is it possible for a user to run their own program in kernel mode? How could a user accomplish this? What weakness in the system's protection mechanism would they have to bypass? I'm thinking that a ...
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How do I know a specified user's permissions on Linux with root access?

I have root access to my local server. And some days ago my colleague created a user on that server, giving me the uesrname and password. But the user has a minimized permissions. Like the user can't ...
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What is the proper solution to a web server trying to write to a directory?

So, I have a box with a "deploy" user. This deploy user owns a code repository and wordpress is running on this box... When wordpress attempts to do something like upload a plugin, it is using the ...
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SSH not landing in the home directory

I have recently installed Raspbian into a Raspberry Pi. As part of the installation process I changed the user name and group from the default (pi) to my own (let's call it user) using usermod and ...
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'mysql' user and group creation, ownership settings

I know what the linux command chown does, I used it to change the ownership or group of a file. If there is a MySQL installation on a Ubuntu machine, I saw some people doing the following thing: ...
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How to trace a process to original user?

Say, on a Solaris server, user1 logs in, switches to someother user, say sruser, using su - and then starts a process of id X. And then another user user2 logs in, switches to sruser the same way and ...
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recommended procedure to create a user/group during RPM install

after trying hard to search for RPM best practices guides and finding virtually none, to my surprise, I resort to the community - I need to ensure that some users and groups exist after the ...
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Another account with same uid as root gets prompted to set new password for root, not itself

After upgrading the os from 5300-06 to 5300-11, this weird behaviour happened. My system had another unix account, let's call it "abc", purposely configured its uid to 0 for working as a root with ...
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Will a account get locked while logging in FTP mode to a remote server whose password has already expired in UNIX

I have a FTP user id to a remote server, the password for which has expired.The account is getting locked if connection is being made in FTP mode to the server with the old(expired) password. Is ...
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How do I add a local user to a box that uses LDAP authenticaiton?

I'm working with a box that uses LDAP for user authentication. However, I need to add a local user to run some services and I don't want non-person users junking up the LDAP directory. Does anyone ...
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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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sort ls output by users

On Linux, is there a way to sort ls output by users? What I try to achieve is something like this: user_a   file1 user_a   file2 user_b   another_file user_c   this_file user_c ...
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using chown in linux

I want to assign www-data user full rights in folder /var/www/ and all of the files inside this folder. I have tried chown www-data /var/www/
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How to get hashed password in /etc/shadow using getpwnam()?

Apparently there is a function (getpwnam) that given a username, will return the appropriate entry in /etc/passwd with the other details for that user (shell, uid, gid, etc.). However, I have no idea ...
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delete a system user account if daemon is no longer needed?

In an unusual scenario, I have to get rid of a specific system user account called 'lp' (line printing deamon) on an openSUSE system. Can I just comment out the line for that account in /etc/passwd ...
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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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How to create a sudo user that cannot delete me?

I'm sudoer on a remote linux machine and would like to create another user with the maximum privileges, except the privilege of managing my account. I'm assuming a sudoer can delete or change the ...
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Directory/files owned by a non-existent user

A user has created a directory with files, but the user does not exist in /etc/passwd or /etc/group. The system is a Fedora server with an FTP server and proxy which redirects to a CentOS server with ...
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usermod -d /path user - User is currently logged in

good Day I want to make a change to a user on my CENTOS server. I want to change his default directory. When running the command: usermod -d /path_to_new_dir david terminal gives me the following ...
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different shell for root and non-root user

When I ssh as root, my shell is bash, but when it's a non-root user it is sh. How can I make them both to use bash? This actually goes against the logic in this question: Why root's default shell is ...
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su and aliases confusion

I create an alias as my current user in the bash shell, which I can see using the alias command. When I switch user without the -, i.e. su testuser, the alias is not carried into the new user's ...
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What command should I run after making changes to /etc/passwd file

I have made some changes to /etc/passwd file ,now I wanted to see if the effect of changes taken place or not .What command should I run for that. For example after making change to ...
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How to tell who is connected via vnc to my machine?

How do I check how many vnc connections or different users are currently connected to my machine? Only through wireshark? And how do I kill any other users connected through vnc?
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SFTP with Mysql user pass instead of PAM

Is there a way for people to log onto a debian server via sftp using just mysql database table as authentaction. IE not adding a user to the system? I know it can be done over ftp and TLS but i ...
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NIS: How to allow access to both local and remote users' home directories?

We have a NIS server with shared users' home directories in '/home'. We're used to mounting the server's '/home' using '/home' as the mount point on each NIS client. However, if we do this with a ...
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Does root not require a password to log in as a user?

Does root not require a password to log in as a user even though a password has been set for that user? When I am logged in as "root", su user logs me in as "user". There is no prompt for a password. ...
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What does the `who` command result `root :0` mean?

The return value of command who will always include root :0 in X Window pts. I guess it actually means the GNOME login. Am I right? Another question is where to get this knowledge, as I don't see it ...
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Creating a User-less Distro

One of the popular programs I use is GParted, and it has its own custom distro, that boots straight to the desktop, and starts the program. I couldn't find any information on creating such a distro. I ...
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Should I use useradd or adduser?

I am trying to add a new user to the system. I am confused though which command to run: useradd or adduser?
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Is it possible to log directly into chroot?

Lets say I boot up my computer and I see the login screen. When I log in as myuser, I want to be restricted to a certain root directory via. chroot. Let's assume that the directory is ...
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Is unix good with many users/groups?

If I have 10,000 webapps on my server and I'd like enhanced permissions and make a user for every app (/var/www/NAME will have a matching /tmp/www/NAME), will everything be fine or will problems occur ...
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Deny external SSH access to a user

Is it possible to deny access to a user (in my case www-data) from outside the network? Or possibly deny this: ssh www-data@example.com But allow this if already logged in: su www-data
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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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Changing username still leaves old traces

I changed my username about a month ago, and although I have forgotten the specificities of how I had done so, I'm pretty sure I followed the instructions on the Arch Wiki. Since then, some programs, ...
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su - user doesn't work for users without a password

I've created a user on CentOS with useradd -M username. Now, I want to become that user just like su - username. It asks me for a password for that user but I didn't set a password for that user. As ...
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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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Changing user while scp

I need to copy file between Linux machines. The problem that the user I use to login (myuser), is different from the user that can access the file. If I just ssh to the machine, I can switch the user ...
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Allow paswordless user to change to another passwordless user

I have two users dev and tomcat neither of them have a password. How can I allow dev 1 do su - tomcat without having him having to enter any credentials? 1 connects with ssh keyfile
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How do I add a new user to an embedded Linux system by hand?

I have a system which was designed for use by root only and I want to run an FTP server on it. The software I use handles authentication by using same username and password as OS itself. To me it ...
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rc control user

I am playing around with rc scripts. I am starting a daemon from rc.local. I would like to know how I start the process under a specific user instead of root?
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adding list of users to multiple groups

I have a shell script which add list of users which is listed in another file lets say users.txt. After that, I want my script to add users to multiple existing groups with condition, one user may ...
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Convert numeric string from file to exit code in shell

I'd like to grep /etc/password for a username and return the last two digits of a user-id number as the return code. This is because I have an application whose main way of interacting with other ...
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With NIS users, how to find out which users are currently logged in?

I'm using a NIS server to control 100 clients. I'm using NIS for centralized authentication and NFS to share the home directory. The main problem I'm facing is that I cannot find out which users are ...
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How do I set a newly created user account to NOT prompt the user to change their password?

I created a new user account, but the user is prompted to change their password on first login. I don't want them to change their password, I want them to use the password they were assigned. How do ...