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Re: Username length inconsistencies.

On Sun, 31 May 1998 aqy6633@acf5.nyu.edu wrote:

> > I know that this is a bit of a side issue, but what are the consequences
> > of giving root a different user name? I have done it in test installs and
> > "frog" was able to log in with root priviledge, but I haven't held onto
> > such a system long enough to see what might break.
> > 
> > Thoughts?
> Installation script for my program (WXftp) will break :)
> It checks whether it is running by "root" user.
> dh_testroot from debhelper does exactly the same, btw.

These are exactly the problems I was worried about. 

Wouldn't it be more secure if these programs checked the numeric uid
instead? Then it wouldn't matter what superuser's name was. 


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