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who the %^#$ is messing with /etc/passwd ??



Ok, so in this very large update, I see that

 Updating       : setup                                         [ 39/144]
warning: /etc/passwd created as /etc/passwd.rpmnew

Doing a diff I see

that these have changed
-root:x:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash
-bin:x:1:1:bin:/bin:/sbin/nologin
-daemon:x:2:2:daemon:/sbin:/sbin/nologin
-adm:x:3:4:adm:/var/adm:/sbin/nologin
-lp:x:4:7:lp:/var/spool/lpd:/sbin/nologin
-sync:x:5:0:sync:/sbin:/bin/sync
-shutdown:x:6:0:shutdown:/sbin:/sbin/shutdown
-halt:x:7:0:halt:/sbin:/sbin/halt
-mail:x:8:12:mail:/var/spool/mail:/sbin/nologin
-news:x:9:13:news:/etc/news:
-uucp:x:10:14:uucp:/var/spool/uucp:/sbin/nologin
-operator:x:11:0:operator:/root:/sbin/nologin
-games:x:12:100:games:/usr/games:/sbin/nologin
-gopher:x:13:30:gopher:/var/gopher:/sbin/nologin
-ftp:x:14:50:FTP User:/var/ftp:/sbin/nologin
-nobody:x:99:99:Nobody:/:/sbin/nologin
+root:*:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash
+bin:*:1:1:bin:/bin:/sbin/nologin
+daemon:*:2:2:daemon:/sbin:/sbin/nologin
+adm:*:3:4:adm:/var/adm:/sbin/nologin
+lp:*:4:7:lp:/var/spool/lpd:/sbin/nologin
+sync:*:5:0:sync:/sbin:/bin/sync
+shutdown:*:6:0:shutdown:/sbin:/sbin/shutdown
+halt:*:7:0:halt:/sbin:/sbin/halt
+mail:*:8:12:mail:/var/spool/mail:/sbin/nologin
+uucp:*:10:14:uucp:/var/spool/uucp:/sbin/nologin
+operator:*:11:0:operator:/root:/sbin/nologin
+games:*:12:100:games:/usr/games:/sbin/nologin
+gopher:*:13:30:gopher:/var/gopher:/sbin/nologin
+ftp:*:14:50:FTP User:/var/ftp:/sbin/nologin
+nobody:*:99:99:Nobody:/:/sbin/nologin


So the password field has changed from x to *  ????

I know that that means look in /etc/shadow for the password, but what inconsistancy will
the older, established users find ??

Can someone explain more than:

Name        : setup
Product     : Fedora 9
Version     : 2.6.17
Release     : 1.fc9
URL         : []
Summary     : A set of system configuration and setup files.
Description :
The setup package contains a set of important system configuration and
setup files, such as passwd, group, and profile.

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Update Information:

Temporarily added rquotad to /etc/services due to reports that rquotad grabbed
the dovecot secure imap port during startup, which made that one later on fail.
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ChangeLog:

* Fri Jul 25 2008 Phil Knirsch <pknirsch redhat com> 2.6.17-1
- Temporarily added rquotad to /etc/services
* Tue Jun 17 2008 Phil Knirsch <pknirsch redhat com> 2.6.16-1
- Dropped user news from default /etc/passwd (#437462)
* Thu Jun  5 2008 Phil Knirsch <pknirsch redhat com> 2.6.15-1
- Added prelude-manager and snortd to uidgid list

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'A huge mistake.'
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