user 'hal'?

Art Alexion art.alexion at
Thu Oct 6 02:07:49 UTC 2005

Jay Camp wrote:

>On Tue, 2005-10-04 at 12:49 -0400, Art Alexion wrote:
>>I was checking my groups and users and found that the cdrom and floppy
>>groups contained the mysterious user, 'hal'.  Where did this come from? 
>>Is it a security breach?
>hal is the user for the Hardware Abstraction Layer.  The account doesn't
>have a password (you can look directly in /etc/shadow to see) so nobody
>can log in as it.  It handles automounting removable media (such as
>CD-ROM's, usb keys, etc.) as well in the future of handling other
>devices such as batteries and many other things.



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