Bug 103461 - local root login failure when LDAP server is not reachable
local root login failure when LDAP server is not reachable
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 55193
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: nss_ldap (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Nalin Dahyabhai
Jay Turner
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Reported: 2003-08-31 06:48 EDT by Need Real Name
Modified: 2015-01-07 19:06 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2006-02-21 13:58:21 EST
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Description Need Real Name 2003-08-31 06:48:54 EDT
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Description of problem:
Seen on both RH-7.3 and RH-8.0 stations:

When using LDAP authentication, there is a root login failure when the LDAP
server is down or when there is no connection to the LDAP server. The user root
is NOT in the LDAP database but in /etc/passwd. "nsswitch.conf" says:

passwd:     files ldap
shadow:     files ldap
group:      files ldap

Despite these entries, when logging in as root, the machine queries the LDAP
server while it should not do that, it first has to look in "files". But more
severe is that when the LDAP is down, the machine becomes fully inaccessible. A
reboot "init=/bin/sh" is necessary to switch off LDAP auth in order to get root
access to the machine.


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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. stop the connection to the LDAP server
2. login as root on console: failure
3. start the connection to the LDAP server
4. login as root: success

Additional info:
Comment 1 Need Real Name 2003-08-31 07:10:10 EDT
Btw: this works around the problem, but IMHO the entries in nsswitch.conf file
should be followed, the "files" should preceed over "ldap".

in /etc/pam.d/system-auth, add "authinfo_unavail=ignore" option:

Original line:
###account     [default=bad success=ok user_unknown=ignore service_err=ignore
system_err=ignore] /lib/security/pam_ldap.so

New line:
account     [default=bad success=ok user_unknown=ignore service_err=ignore
system_err=ignore authinfo_unavail=ignore] /lib/security/pam_ldap.so
Comment 2 Charles Lopes 2004-03-30 07:31:31 EST
This work around did not work for me. In addition I had to insert the
following line between "account .. pam_unix.so" and "account ..
account     sufficient    /lib/security/$ISA/pam_localuser.so

Shouldn't this be reported under authconfig instead of nss_ldap?
Comment 3 Charles Lopes 2004-03-30 08:30:14 EST
I should have checked before comenting on this bug. Bug 118239 offers
the same fix in a more detailed way. Also the same bug seems to have
been reported many times:

Still present in Fedora Core 2 test 2
Comment 4 Matthew Miller 2004-03-30 10:07:31 EST

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 55193 ***
Comment 5 Red Hat Bugzilla 2006-02-21 13:58:21 EST
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.

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