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Subject: Re: listname.passwd
From: dwolfe @ risc . sps . mot . com (Dave Wolfe)
Date: Thu, 18 May 1995 09:44:05 -0500 (CDT)
To: uunet!!J.F.L.Hopkinson
Cc: majordomo-users @ greatcircle . com (Majordomo user's mailing list), majordomo-workers @ greatcircle . com (Majordomo developer's mailing list)
In-reply-to: <> from "!J.F.L.Hopkinson" at May 18, 95 01:03:29 pm
Reply-to: David Wolfe <david_wolfe @ risc . sps . mot . com>

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[ uunet!!J.F.L.Hopkinson writes: ]
> "John P. Rouillard" <> writes:
> > ...
> > The way I set it up is with three passwords:
> >
> >        2) A password for list maintainance issues. This is set with
> >		the admin_password keyword in the per list config
> >		file. 
> >		...   		As has been
> >		mentioned before this password can be kept in the
> >		.majordomo file for automatic use by the approve
> >		script.
> >
> >        3) A password for list submission functions (approving bounced
> >		messages). This is set in the per list config file
> >		with the approve_password keyword. This can also be
> >		put in a .majordomo file for use by approve.
> >
> If 2 and 3 both exist, how do you distinguish them in  ~/.majordomo ?

I think I've got this right, but Messrs. Rouillard, Chapman, or Barr
would, of course, be the ultimate authority...

#2 (list.config admin_passwd) is the 1st choice and #1 (list.passwd
file) is the 2nd choice for the majordomo script. #3 (list.config
approve_passwd) is the 1st choice for resend, with #2 being 2nd choice
and #1 3rd. IOW:

    majordomo:	#2 #1
    resend:	#3 #2 #1

What bothers me is that knowing admin_passwd (#2) allows one to change
list.passwd (#1), which I thought was supposed to be the overriding
authority. Thus anyone given the admin_passwd to approve subscribers (*)
can change the list.passwd as well as the passwords in the list.config
file, effectively removing the overseer-of-all-lists control of that
list. Or am I misreading the source?

If not, then &do_passwd needs to be changed to allow only list.passwd to
change list.passwd.

(*) Each list owner here controls who can subscribe to his closed
list rather than the majordomo-sitter acting as the administrative

 Dave Wolfe    *Not a spokesman for Motorola*  (512) 891-3246
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