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From "John D. Hardin" <>
Subject Re: spamd permision denied for non root user
Date Wed, 05 Jul 2006 19:37:05 GMT
On Wed, 5 Jul 2006, Pezhman Lali wrote:

> [25489] dbg: spamd: initial attempt to change real uid failed, trying BSD workaround
> [25489] error: spamd: setuid to uid 200 failed
> spamd: setuid to uid 200 failed

Non-root users cannot change the user-id on a running process. Take a
look at the parts of your config file that talk about which user to
run spamd as, and try setting them to the user that is actually
running the programs (e.g. you).

Having the daemon change to another user is a security feature
intended to not expose root-level permissions through any bugs in the
program. If you're not running as root you already have a lower level
of permissions, so there's little point to changing the userid.

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