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3.1 User Database

User Database is a place where GNU Anubis uses keeps user credentials, i.e. data used to authenticate and authorize users. The exact way of storing these data does not matter here, it will be addressed further in this manual. In this section we treat user database as an abstraction layer.

The user database consists of records. Each record keeps information about a particular user. A record consists of four fields. A field may contain some value, or be empty, in which case we say that the field has null value.

The record fields are:


SMTP authentication ID of the user.


SMTP password.


System user name to be used.


Path to the configuration file.

The first two fields are mandatory and must always have non-null values. No two records in the database may have the same value of SMTP AUTHID field. When anubis is trying to authenticate a user, it first looks up in the database a record with the value of SMTP AUTHID field matching AUTHID given by the user. If no such entry is found, authentication fails. Otherwise, anubis goes on and compares the password supplied by the user with that from AUTH PASSWORD column. If these match, authentication succeeds and anubis passes to authorization state.

In this state, it first determines the user ID (UID) to switch to. If the ACCOUNT field is not null, its value is used as a login name of the system account to use. If it is null, anubis switches to the privilege level of a default not privileged user, specified by user-notprivileged statement in the global configuration file (see section user-notprivileged).

The final step is to parse user configuration file. If CONFIG field is not null, its value is used as absolute path to the configuration file. Otherwise, anubis searches for file ‘~/.anubisrc’ (where ‘~’ denotes home directory for the system account obtained on the previous step) and if such a file exists, loads it.

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