Re: Security Configuration Settings?
From: Lupe Christoph (lupe_at_lupe-christoph.de)
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2004 11:04:19 +0200 To: El C0chin0 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
On Tuesday, 2004-09-21 at 13:34:33 -0000, El C0chin0 wrote:
> I don't understand and haven't been able to find anything related to what describes 'compat'. Can any one provide me with why it is a good measure to change this from 'files' to 'compat' and what other changes may be necessary or what exactly is the difference?
Please keep your lines to 72~80 chars.
Do a "man nsswitch.conf", search for compat:
compat Valid only for passwd and group;
implements "+" and "-". See
Interaction with +/- syntax.
Interaction with +/- syntax
Releases prior to SunOS 5.0 did not have the name service
switch but did allow the user some policy control. In
/etc/passwd one could have entries of the form +user
(include the specified user from NIS passwd.byname), -user
(exclude the specified user) and + (include everything,
except excluded users, from NIS passwd.byname). The desired
behavior was often "everything in the file followed by
everything in NIS", expressed by a solitary + at the end of
/etc/passwd. The switch provides an alternative for this
case ("passwd: files nis") that does not require + entries
in /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow (the latter is a new addition
to SunOS 5.0, see shadow(4)).
If this is not sufficient, the NIS/YP compatibility source
provides full +/- semantics. It reads /etc/passwd for
getpwnam(3C) functions and /etc/shadow for getspnam(3C)
functions and, if it finds +/- entries, invokes an appropri-
ate source. By default, the source is "nis", but this may be
overridden by specifying "nisplus" or "ldap" as the source
for the pseudo-database passwd_compat.
Note that for every /etc/passwd entry, there should be a
corresponding entry in the /etc/shadow file.
The NIS/YP compatibility source also provides full +/-
semantics for group; the relevant pseudo-database is
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