[Samba] why user nobody

Rashkae rashkae at tigershaunt.com
Fri Mar 28 16:32:45 GMT 2003

The default configuration of samba should try to map the guest account to
user nobody.  The guest account is important for various smb functions,
is is probably *always* used by smbd and nmbd.  One of this is probably
crashing if it cannot find the guest account user.  Check your logs to see
if any information is being printed there.

As someone already pointed out, noboby is an important conceptual user in
Unix/Linux.  Don't worry, it isn't a security risk.  It should not be
possible to login as nobody.  However, processes that are running as root
can drop their permissions to "nobody" to make their operation more secure
on the system.

On Fri, 28 Mar 2003, [iso-8859-15] Gerd M=FCller wrote:

today i deleted the user "nobody" (entry
"nobody:x:99:99:Nobody:/:/sbin/nologin" in /etc/passwd) on my samba-server.
As result, no user could log in to domain anymore.
Does anybody know, what the user "nobody" plays for a role in samba?

Gerd M=FCller,
St. Petersburg

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