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    Default User called 'games' - who is he?

    My OpenSuse 12.1 installations all have a mysterious user called 'games'. I did not install him, but I cannot delete him. He established himself at installation time as a member of the group 'users'.

    However, I do not know any password for this user and I cannot discover what permissions he has.

    Does anyone know where he came from? Does anyone know how to get rid of him? Is he a security risk?

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    Default Re: User called 'games' - who is he?

    Quote Originally Posted by hnimmo
    My OpenSuse 12.1 installations all have a mysterious user called
    'games'. I did not install him, but I cannot delete him. He established
    himself at installation time as a member of the group 'users'.

    However, I do not know any password for this user and I cannot discover
    what permissions he has.

    Does anyone know where he came from? Does anyone know how to get rid of
    him? Is he a security risk?

    Hi
    It's a system user...
    Code:
    cat /etc/passwd |grep games
    games:x:12:100:Games account:/var/games:/bin/bash
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    Default Re: User called 'games' - who is he?

    Quote Originally Posted by hnimmo View Post
    My OpenSuse 12.1 installations all have a mysterious user called 'games'. I did not install him, but I cannot delete him. He established himself at installation time as a member of the group 'users'.
    This is part of a standard install. In principle, it allows some games to run as user "game" under the principle of least privilege.

    There is no reason for concern.
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    Default Re: User called 'games' - who is he?

    Quote Originally Posted by malcolmlewis View Post
    Hi
    It's a system user...
    Thanks, Malcom, for the quick answer!!

    What do you mean by a 'system user'. Do you mean that he has all the rights of 'root'?

    Can I ditch him? How?

    Cheers
    hn

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    Quote Originally Posted by nrickert View Post
    This is part of a standard install. In principle, it allows some games to run as user "game" under the principle of least privilege.

    There is no reason for concern.
    Marvellous, thanks!

    It would still be nice to know what permissions he has. How can I find that out?

    Cheers
    hn

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    Default Re: User called 'games' - who is he?

    On Wed, 15 Aug 2012 17:16:04 +0000, hnimmo wrote:

    > What do you mean by a 'system user'. Do you mean that he has all the
    > rights of 'root'?


    No, only root has root's rights.

    It's a user created by the system when installed.

    I'd be inclined to leave it alone.

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by hendersj View Post

    No, only root has root's rights.

    It's a user created by the system when installed.

    I'd be inclined to leave it alone.
    I understand that the 'system' installed the user 'games' at installation time, so that diverse games could have access to a directory owned by 'root'. That sounds plausible, I suppose, and it makes sense not to delete him. Nevertheless, what permissions does he have. How can I find that out?

    Cheers
    hn

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    Default Re: User called 'games' - who is he?

    Look in /etc/passwd and you will see at least a twenty other users. User game is not alone.

    Only a user with userid 0 is superuser.

    System users are users that are loosely there for the benifit of the system. Several reasons. Amongst them, being owners of specific groups of files to ban them from the "normal" users to access them, but in the same time not to use root for them to enhance security.
    By common usage they have userids below a certain number, not to clash with the normal "end-users". In openSUSE they have userids < 1000.
    Henk van Velden

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcvv View Post
    Look in /etc/passwd and you will see at least a twenty other users. User game is not alone.

    Only a user with userid 0 is superuser.

    System users are users that are loosely there for the benifit of the system. Several reasons. Amongst them, being owners of specific groups of files to ban them from the "normal" users to access them, but in the same time not to use root for them to enhance security.
    By common usage they have userids below a certain number, not to clash with the normal "end-users". In openSUSE they have userids < 1000.
    Many thanks, Henk! That is very helpful.

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    Default Re: User called 'games' - who is he?

    What a great crew! I got all these answers within 1 hour and 10 minutes.

    My thanks again, to all

    Cheers
    hn

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