sshd privsep user still required?

Charles Russell
Thu Jan 17 23:04:00 GMT 2019

On 1/17/2019 8:23 AM, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> On Jan 16 15:31, Bill Stewart wrote:
>> I installed the OpenSSH server as a service using ssh-host-config, and all
>> is working.
>> I'm running Windows 10 (1803).
>> I renamed the sshd privilege separation (privsep) account to something else
>> and restarted the sshd service.
>> Everything still works - no errors.
>> Is the sshd disabled user account still required?
> No, actually it isn't.  These days the sshd server checks if the
> the privsep chrrot environment should be used and that the process
> is started under "root:root".  This never matches under Cygwin so
> we could drop the sshd user requirement.
> Patches to the installer script are very welcome.
> Corinna
Can the superfluous account be deleted without having to reinstall sshd?

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