Bug 116391 - useradd: cannot rewrite shadow password file
useradd: cannot rewrite shadow password file
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: passwd (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Daniel Walsh
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Blocks: FC2Blocker
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Reported: 2004-02-20 12:59 EST by Sean Neeley
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:10 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-03-30 15:10:54 EST
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Description Sean Neeley 2004-02-20 12:59:42 EST
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Description of problem:
I just installed a fresh copy of Fedora Core 2 from the development
directory.  After the first reboot, I tried to add a user as follows:

useradd sen

Then received the following error message:

useradd: cannot rewrite shadow password file

If I manually add the user to /etc/passwd, when I try to assign a
password to the user, the passwd command hangs.

After the _second_ boot, I saw the X windows screen from the firstboot
program telling me to set up a non-root account.  When I tried to add
the user 'dbc' this time, I received an error.  Here is the contents
of the firstboot error log:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/share/firstboot/firstbootWindow.py", line 269, in
    result = module.apply(self.notebook)
  File "/usr/share/firstboot/modules/create_user.py", line 225, in apply 
RuntimeError: data not found in file

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
pam-0.77-33, kernel-2.6.2-1.87

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install fresh Fedora Core 2 test1
2. Try 'useradd' command

Additional info:
Comment 1 Daniel Walsh 2004-03-25 15:18:25 EST
Updates selinux policy to 1.9-15.  Is this problem fixed?

Comment 2 Sean Neeley 2004-03-25 15:31:04 EST
I'm sorry but I cannot test this for you.  I reported this bug over a
month ago, and I could only go a few days without being able to add
users to my system.  I replaced my install of Fedora Core 2 with SuSE 9.
Comment 3 John R 2004-03-30 10:59:45 EST
I just installed fedora core 2 test 2, and this problem exists.  The
system has policy-1.9-15 and policycoreutils-1.9-12.
Comment 4 John R 2004-03-30 13:15:59 EST
Hmmm... nevermind.  I installed the policy source, ran make relabel on
the filesystems, and everything was fine.  I ran the installation
again to check the problem, formatting the drives as before, but the
problems didn't manifest.  It must have been a hiccup during the first
Comment 5 Daniel Walsh 2004-03-30 15:10:54 EST
You should only see this if the /etc/shadow or /etc/passwd file got

So if somehow they are getting mislabled we have a problem.  Make
relabel or restorecon /etc/shadow /etc/passwd would clear it up.


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