I am configuring a web server on OpenBSD and I can see in /var/www/ that all directories except /var/www/cache/ are root:daemon.

I then see that the user for the daemon group is daemon

$ grep daemon /etc/group
$ grep daemon /etc/passwd
daemon:*:1:1:The devil himself:/root:/sbin/nologin
_tftp_proxy:*:108:108:tftp proxy daemon:/nonexistent:/sbin/nologin
_ftp_proxy:*:109:109:ftp proxy daemon:/nonexistent:/sbin/nologin

What is the purpose of the daemon user and the daemon group?


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They are legacy thing ; daemon user & group are respectively unprivileged meant to be used by multiple applications to get restricted access to the system.

Now days you should use a dedicated user & group where they will get a special namespace of User type for security matter.

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