Bug 1290803 - grub2: grub2-setpassword warn if grub.cfg does not read user.cfg [NEEDINFO]
grub2: grub2-setpassword warn if grub.cfg does not read user.cfg
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
Classification: Red Hat
Component: grub2 (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: rmarshall
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Reported: 2015-12-11 08:47 EST by Tomas Hoger
Modified: 2016-11-04 00:00 EDT (History)
3 users (show)

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Fixed In Version: grub2-2.02-0.34
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Cause: A change to add a tool to set the grub password was not recognized if the user had not created a clean configuration. Consequence: Setting the password would never appear to work because the grub configuration was not reading it. Fix: If the user sets the password and their current configuration does not support the new feature, warn them. Result: User will know if they have an extra step to support setting the GRUB password.
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Last Closed: 2016-11-04 00:00:24 EDT
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Description Tomas Hoger 2015-12-11 08:47:08 EST
Description of problem:

grub2-setpassword and 01_users reading user.cfg was added in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2.  The relevant code from 01_users is only propagated to grub.cfg when grub2-mkconfig is run.  However, that does not happen during grub2 or kernel packages upgrades, mkconfig is only expected to run during system installation.

If user installed RHEL 7.0 or 7.1 and upgraded to 7.2, their grub.cfg will not attempt to use password set in user.cfg.  I think we need to make grub2-setpassword attempt to detect that user.cfg will be ignored and suggest regeneration of grub.cfg using mkconfig (or is there a better action to do?).  This may be as simple as:

grep -q 'user.cfg' /etc/grub2.cfg || echo 'use grub2-mkconfig to password protection to work'

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Comment 7 errata-xmlrpc 2016-11-04 00:00:24 EDT
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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