Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 103004
chsh to /bin/sh leaves shell field of /etc/passwd blank
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:57:06 EDT
Description of problem:
/usr/bin/chsh leaves the shell field of /etc/passwd blank, after the shell is
changed to /bin/sh.
In some ways this isn't a bug, since a null shell field is supposed to be
equivalent to /bin/sh. But it seems strange for chsh to deliberately use null
instead of /bin/sh.
The vsftpd server will not run if the shell assigned to user "ftp" is a null
string. This may be a bug, or it may just be acceptable level of paranoia.
This problem was discovered when using chsh -s /bin/sh ftp
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. chsh -s /bin/sh someuser
2. egrep '^someuser' /etc/passwd
last field of passwd is blank
last field should contain /bin/sh
Fix is in CVS and should appear in rawhide eventually.