Bug#402288: [Adduser-devel] Bug#402288: adduser allows UIDs < 100

Tuukka Hastrup Tuukka.Hastrup at iki.fi
Sat Dec 9 13:38:56 CET 2006

On Sat, 9 Dec 2006, Stephen Gran wrote:
> This one time, at band camp, Tuukka Hastrup said:
> > According to the policy, UIDs and GIDs less than 100 are the same on all 
> > Debian systems and come from the base-passwd package. The adduser man page 
> > says adduser and addgroup "are friendlier front ends to tools like 
> > useradd, groupadd and usermod programs, choosing Debian policy conformant 
> > UID and GID values --." However, the programs don't enforce this policy 
> > item or remind about it in the documentation.
> I understand you to be saying that when you override adduser's
> default's, it allows you to create a user with uid < 100 ?  Is that
> correct?

Yes, it provides mechanisms for that and doesn't inform the user of the 
consequences. That is, as adduser promises to be a friendly front end, it 
shouldn't expect the local system administrator to know the traps in the
Debian Policy.

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