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non-root password lookups?



Hi all,

I am writing a little daemon to use with a package I'm putting together.
I would like to 'do-the-right-thing' and make the daemon run under a ID other
than root (either its own or nobody).  The daemon will be running from inetd.

The main problem, however, is that it needs to validate the people connecting,
thus needs to check username/password (like pop).  Is there a way to do this
and still avoid using root privileges for the daemon?

Also, do you just call setuid to drop root when inetd starts the program?

Thanks,

Chris


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