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    Extra account 'dirmngr' appears on login screen (once)

    I was logging into a machine today, and in addition to the usual options (my account, remote login) there was a third option called dirmngr.
    I logged out and it was gone, and restarted the machine and it was still gone, but I found it strange that it was there as I had never seen it before.
    Does this suggest a security problem?

    Thanks

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    Re: Extra account 'dirmngr' appears on login screen (once)

    Hi Adam's AI.

    Did you install dirmngr?

    Could you open a terminal, run these commands, and post back its results? (you can copy/paste the text):
    Code:
    apt-cache policy dirmngr
    
    grep -i dirmngr /etc/passwd
    Regards.

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    Re: Extra account 'dirmngr' appears on login screen (once)

    Quote Originally Posted by papibe View Post
    Hi Adam's AI.

    Did you install dirmngr?

    Could you open a terminal, run these commands, and post back its results? (you can copy/paste the text):
    Code:
    apt-cache policy dirmngr
    
    grep -i dirmngr /etc/passwd
    Regards.
    Thanks for the reply!
    I did not install dirmngr on its own -- I don't know if it somehow go installed with some other software, but on this comp I haven't installed too much other than stock ubuntu, a few common programs, and a few other DEs.

    apt-cache policy dirmngr yields:
    Code:
    dirmngr:
      Installed:  1.1.1-1.1
      Candidate:  1.1.1-1.1 
      Version table:
     *** 1.1.1-1.1 0
            500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ saucy/universe amd64 Packages
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
    grep -i dirmngr /etc/passwd yields:
    Code:
    dirmngr:x:116:126::/var/cache/dirmngr:/bin/sh

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    Re: Extra account 'dirmngr' appears on login screen (once)

    Thanks.

    It looks like the package is installed, and the user exists.

    It looks like a minor bug. Since only users with id > 1000 should be displayed on the login screen. If it happens again, I would reported in Launchpad.

    Regards.

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    Re: Extra account 'dirmngr' appears on login screen (once)

    Quote Originally Posted by papibe View Post
    Thanks.

    It looks like the package is installed, and the user exists.

    It looks like a minor bug. Since only users with id > 1000 should be displayed on the login screen. If it happens again, I would reported in Launchpad.

    Regards.
    That is reassuring. Thanks alot for the help!

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