New user account named "varnish" appeared out of the blue

eric schefter eschefter at
Sun Jan 13 15:32:42 CET 2013

On 11.01.2013, at 12:00, varnish-misc-request at wrote:

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> Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:48:20 -0800
> From: James Pearson <james at>
> To: varnish-misc <varnish-misc at>
> Subject: Re: New user account named "varnish" appeared out of the blue
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> Excerpts from eric schefter's message of 2013-01-10 11:17:51 -0800:
>> Derar usres,
>> I'm running OS X 10.6.8
>> I installed Bitnami, and then uninstalled it.
>> One day later, a new user account appeared on my Mac with the name varnish.
>> Is it possible that that account was somehow created by the BitNami installation?
>> I'm worried that I've been hacked, and can't find any info on this.
>> Thank you for your help.
>> Eric
> BitNami includes an installer for Varnish[0].  If you installed, say,
> Wordpress[1] or Rails[2], you would've gotten Varnish installed as well as
> other stack components.
> I can think of no reason why anyone maliciously accessing your machine would
> install Varnish on it.
> HTH,
> - P
> [0]:
> [1]:
> [2]:

Thank you for the links.

I can find no information that says that a user account would be created automatically with the name "varnish", and without the administrator's (my) knowledege.  In addition, Bitnami and Wordpress state that varnish is disabled by default, and I didn't enable it.
I did install Wordpress as well.

Sorry to ask the question again in a different manner:

Does varnish create a new user account in os x 10.6.8 (when enabled) which one sees when logging into the computer?

If not,  I can only think that I'm dealing with another source of this mysterious user account (hacker or other software).

Thank you so much for your time,



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