Re: Rationale behind the groups "dip" and "dialout"
John Hasler wrote:
> Setuid root also makes it possible for the secrets
> files to be readable only by root, and for pppd to use the serial ports
> without the user having access to them. Pppd drops root privileges as soon
> as it doesn't need them.
So root can give users on the system access to a PPP connection without
letting them know, what the user name and password for that account is.
Makes sense, although it's not aplicable to my situation, because I
can't use PAP/CHAP and it wouldn't work with a chat script.