INN2 user authentication against system users

Kevin Shell kshell at
Fri Feb 12 01:22:48 UTC 2021

On Thu, Feb 11, 2021 at 04:21:46PM +0000, Julien ÉLIE wrote:
> Hi Kevin,
Hallo Julien ÉLIE. :-)

> > I've successfully authenticate against the newsusers file,
> > I tried to authenticate against system users but no success.
> > I don't want to maintain a seperate set of news users,
> > how do I do authentication against the system users,
> > like /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow?
> Wouldn't "ckpasswd -s" be what you are looking for?
I have to change ckpasswd to setgid shadow,
and i works on GNU/Linux, don't konow if it works for other OSes.

> > The readers.conf man page is complicated, I don't quite understand.
> > Glad to get some example configulation. :-)
> It is one of the most complicated page indeed!
indeed it is.

> Which part of the EXAMPLES section at the end of the man page would you like to emphasize more?
> "ckpasswd -s" is notably in 2 examples, but maybe the description is not clear enough?
> I would be happy to take into account your suggestions.
I think just plain User/Password authentication over nntps should be easy. :-)


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