Re: Authentication using standard /etc/passwd file

From: s leonard <>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 10:17:12 -0700

I am also in the process of setting up squid here at the university, and have
been following this listserv awhile, though I havent got squid installed yet.

I have one obvious comment... Since you say noone is going to use this machine
for login, etc,
you could create the /etc/passwd entries with shell set to /bin/false, and that
gives you an extra measure of security...

I have used this in the past for e-mail only accounts

Jason Thompson wrote:

> Hi,
> I am in the process of setting up a squid cache at a school where I work. We
> need to have passwords protecting Internet access. Our first idea is to
> create all the users on the cache box using the standard add user program.
> Then use squid to check that when authenticating people.
> Is this possible, and is it a good idea to do this?
> Users do not log in to the machine, so the passwd file will not be used for
> anything else. Apart from the obvious root access.
> We need to be able to add users, change user passwords, and delete users.
> Via the command line.
> Could anyone shed any light on my problem?
> Thank you all for your time.
> Jason Thompson

shanna leonard
arizona health sciences library
Received on Fri Oct 15 1999 - 11:26:17 MDT

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