Bug 1290689 - util-linux: /bin/login does not retry getpwnam_r with larger buffers, leading to login failure
Summary: util-linux: /bin/login does not retry getpwnam_r with larger buffers, leading...
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
Classification: Red Hat
Component: util-linux
Version: 7.2
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: rc
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Assignee: Karel Zak
QA Contact: qe-baseos-daemons
Depends On:
Blocks: 1203710 1289485 1313485
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Reported: 2015-12-11 08:05 UTC by kyoneyama
Modified: 2019-12-16 05:10 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2016-11-03 21:25:37 UTC
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Attachments (Terms of Use)

System ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Bugzilla 1206462 high CLOSED On RHEL7, the problem occurs if the entry of the file "/etc/passwd" is more than 1024 characters. 2020-10-14 00:28:05 UTC
Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2016:2605 normal SHIPPED_LIVE Low: util-linux security, bug fix, and enhancement update 2016-11-03 12:13:26 UTC

Internal Links: 1206462

Description kyoneyama 2015-12-11 08:05:12 UTC
Description of problem:

On RHEL7.2, if the line in "/etc/passwd" is 1023 or more characters(includes EOL code), the user cannot log in.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2
- glibc-2.17-106.el7_2.1

How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:

1. Create text file to fill comment field.

   # for i in {1..97}; do echo -n "1234567890" ; done > list.txt
   # echo -n 1234 >> list.txt
   # wc list.txt
      0   1 975 list.txt 

2. Add new user adding -c option.

   # useradd -c `cat list.txt` testuser1

3. Check a result of `getent passwd`.

  # getent passwd testuser1
  # getent passwd testuser1 | wc -c
4. Check whether the user can log in.

Comment 1 Florian Weimer 2015-12-11 09:43:44 UTC
How is this related to bug 1206462?

I cannot reproduce this.  I have this line in /etc/passwd:



$ getent passwd testuser1 | wc -c

And the user is able to log in after setting a password (with OpenSSH password authentication).

Comment 3 Florian Weimer 2015-12-11 10:46:19 UTC
My guess is that the customer tries to log on over a TTY or via telnetd.  In this case, the system log should contain an error message like this one:

Dec 11 05:35:09 localhost login[28294]: Invalid user name "testuser1" in main:1229. Abort

This refers to login-utils/login.c in util-linux.  The error reflects a failure of the get_passwd_entry function, which does this:

	struct passwd *res = NULL;
	size_t sz = 16384;
	int x;

	if (!pwdbuf || !username)
		return NULL;

		long xsz = sysconf(_SC_GETPW_R_SIZE_MAX);
		if (xsz > 0)
			sz = (size_t) xsz;
	*pwdbuf = xrealloc(*pwdbuf, sz);

	x = getpwnam_r(username, pwd, *pwdbuf, sz, &res);

_SC_GETPW_R_SIZE_MAX is misnamed, it is a recommended starting value, not an upper bound.  But the code in util-linux does not retry with a larger buffer, as it is reqired.  See the getpwnam_r manual page for details.

Comment 4 kyoneyama 2015-12-15 05:50:13 UTC
> _SC_GETPW_R_SIZE_MAX is misnamed, it is a recommended starting value, not an upper bound.  

Your guess might be right.

  $ cat /etc/redhat-release 
  Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 7.2 (Maipo)

  $ rpm -q glibc

  $ cat test_sysconf.c
  int main(){
    size_t sz = 16384;
    long xsz = sysconf(_SC_GETPW_R_SIZE_MAX);
    if(xsz > 0){
      sz = (size_t)xsz;
    printf("%d %d\n", sz, xsz );
    return 0;

  $ gcc -o test_sysconf test_sysconf.c
  $  ./test_sysconf
  1024 1024

Comment 5 Karel Zak 2015-12-15 11:10:14 UTC
Please, fix getpwnam man page, because EXAMPLE section suggests SC_GETPW_R_SIZE_MAX as optimal buffer size...

Comment 6 Karel Zak 2015-12-15 11:36:25 UTC
Fixed by upstream commit f7ac9e71b18fa7314151f2ab65ee0bdd2ea89c07.

The patch hardcodes 16K buffer size, not sure if we have something more elegant...

Comment 7 Florian Weimer 2016-01-04 11:03:32 UTC
(In reply to Karel Zak from comment #6)
> Fixed by upstream commit f7ac9e71b18fa7314151f2ab65ee0bdd2ea89c07.
> The patch hardcodes 16K buffer size, not sure if we have something more
> elegant...

The recommended way is to keep retrying with a larger buffer size, doubling it every time.  The API is somewhat on the bizarre side, but it's how it was standardized in POSIX.

Comment 9 Mike McCune 2016-03-28 22:54:17 UTC
This bug was accidentally moved from POST to MODIFIED via an error in automation, please see mmccune@redhat.com with any questions

Comment 13 errata-xmlrpc 2016-11-03 21:25:37 UTC
Since the problem described in this bug report should be
resolved in a recent advisory, it has been closed with a
resolution of ERRATA.

For information on the advisory, and where to find the updated
files, follow the link below.

If the solution does not work for you, open a new bug report.


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