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odoo on ubuntu - system user 'odoo' has no password. is this correct?

on 9/19/14, 10:12 PM 2,738 views

I have installed odoo v8 based on this script

It seems the user 'odoo' has no password (at least in my installation) and I wonder whether this:

  1. is how it is supposed to be ?
  2. a good idea in terms of safety ?

any ideas?



Ben Bernard

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Ben Bernard
On 9/28/14, 11:05 PM

It's ok to have system user with no password. Some limitations are

  • can be used only by root
  • no ssh access


so that means: it is ok to have such a passwordless user, but it also wouldn't break anything or reduce security to assign a password, right? For example it could be a security feature that you can not access to the 'odoo' user by ssh

on 9/28/14, 11:38 PM

It wouldn't break anything, but it would make things less secure. A passwordless user is more secure than a user with a password - this user can NEVER login, just run services.

Ray Carnes
on 9/28/14, 11:44 PM

That user will never exposed to the end user, so I think it's safe enough. Root still can login as user with no password if that user is given a proper shell, like bash (ehm.. shellshock). To make the user not available for login, use /sbin/nologin as command/shell for that user in /etc/passwd.

Ben Bernard
on 9/29/14, 12:12 AM

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