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  1. #1
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    nginx user ?

    while poking around on security , I had a look at /etc/passwd and found an unexpected user nginx.

    this seems to be related to nginx web server and RPC but dnf shows this package is not installed and the name is new to me.

    Is this suspect?

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    Re: nginx user ?

    No it not a security problem... in fact it is a security feature as the "/sbin/nologin" part of the offending line (which you did not mention) prevents any direct login of that account on your machine... there are, probably, also accounts for other http servers and network protocols which again are protected against direct login thus making your machine unfathomably awesome

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    Re: nginx user ?

    Quote Originally Posted by satanselbow
    No it not a security problem... in fact it is a security feature as the "/sbin/nologin" part of the offending line (which you did not mention) prevents any direct login of that account on your machine... there are, probably, also accounts for other http servers and network protocols which again are protected against direct login thus making your machine unfathomably awesome
    Thanks for the explanaiton, I had not noted that it had "/sbin/nologin" .

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