SUMMARY: /etc/passwd protection

From: Enrique Vadillo (
Date: Fri Mar 20 1998 - 13:19:40 CST

Hi all,

Well, first of all most people wondered why i wanted to protect my
/etc/passwd file from being world-readable, well, i have some 7000 users
in my system and they are all receiving SPAM, i just wanted to prevent
them from doing this. Any user can have the whole list of users now :-(

SUMMARY: No protection is possible, since most of system apps *have* to
read /etc/passwd in order to get UID. GID, shell and other information.

Thanks to all who bothered giving advice,

Enrique Vadillo-

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