AUTH-9208 - Duplicate accounts or IDs

(Authentication)

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Description

Lynis checks for any duplicates by checking the passwd file and count them. Any ID which shows up more than a single time is reported as a finding. Accounts and user IDs should be unique to enable proper accounting. Using several accounts with the same ID may result in data loss.

How to solve

Check for duplicate IDs (see shell script) and remove a duplicate, or give the second user a new ID.

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