questions about /etc/shadow

Gaddis, Jeremy L. jeremy at
Mon Oct 8 10:30:30 UTC 2007

On 10/8/07, tech user <techwww at> wrote:
> what's the difference between these two passwd fields in /etc/shadow?
> nobody:*:13785:0:99999:7:::
> dbus:!!:13785:0:99999:7:::
> that's to say,what does '*' mean and what does '!!' mean in /etc/shadow?

The asterisk means that no logons are permitted from that account.
Any attempt to login with the nobody account would fail.

Jeremy L. Gaddis

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