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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
-ftp:x:14:50:FTP User:/var/ftp:/sbin/nologin
+ftp:*:14:50:FTP User:/var/ftp:/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.

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.

* 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

Brian Millett - [ Daggair, Mariel, and Londo, "Soul Mates"]
"Londo, you're making a big mistakes."
'A huge mistake.'
`Well, it won't be my first. Actually, it will be my fourth.`

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