File permissions of the /etc/shadow password file

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Summary of File permissions of the /etc/shadow password file

The password files are an important cornerstone of the security of your Linux system. Commonly they are /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow, and installed by default. Sometimes we receive questions what the right permissions of these files should be. Therefore this blog post to have a look at the file permissions (and ownership) of both files. Passwd file The password file stores local accounts of the system. It is a readable text file and uses colons (:) to separate the fields.

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