Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 12409
Daemon accounts assigned shell by default
Last modified: 2014-03-16 22:14:16 EDT
The default installation of Red Hat 6.1 (and possibly others - this may be
a multiple-vendor issue) does not assign a shell for many of the non-user
(daemon) accounts (e.g. nobody, bin). If no shell is specified, the shell
defaults to /bin/sh.
This setting is correct for the xfs account, which assigns /bin/false as
The solution would be to assign these accounts a shell which will not
permit login, such as /bin/false.
Additionally, /etc/shells does not contain a shell such as /bin/false
which would deny login, which produces an error when assigning such a
shell to an account via chsh. This entry could be included to /etc/shells
in the default installation.
Changing to component "setup", which includes the default passwd file.
Changing the base of the default password file is not really an option
at this point.