Bug 138878 - default /etc/passwd contained in the setup package has a passwordless root account with valid shell
Summary: default /etc/passwd contained in the setup package has a passwordless root ac...
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Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: setup   
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Version: 3
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
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Assignee: Bill Nottingham
QA Contact: David Lawrence
Keywords: Security
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Reported: 2004-11-11 19:32 UTC by Arnaud Abélard
Modified: 2014-03-17 02:50 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-11-12 19:41:04 UTC
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Description Arnaud Abélard 2004-11-11 19:32:42 UTC
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Description of problem:
  The /etc/passwd file, installed by the setup package, contains the
following line:


  This is normally not a problem since during an installation from
anaconda setting a root password is required. But, in the case of a
manual installation on the purpose of creating a chroot environment,
it creates a very serious security hazard: the chroot's root account

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. create a chroot environment 
2. login the chrooted environment with a normal account
3. do a su -


Actual Results:  You have full root access without any password

Expected Results:  the default root account shouldn't be active,
passwordless, and with a valid shell

Additional info:

Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2004-11-11 19:46:46 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 133762 ***

Comment 2 Matthew Miller 2004-11-12 14:17:40 UTC
I'm all for resolving bugs as duplicates, but bug #133762 is hidden
from public (and even hidden from not-so-public) view. Could you
either unhide that one, or reconsider this one? This seems like a
pretty reasonable suggestion to me. Thanks!

Comment 3 Tom Diehl 2004-11-12 14:50:15 UTC
+1 to comment 2

Comment 4 Barry K. Nathan 2004-11-12 16:39:04 UTC
I'll also second comment #2. +1

Comment 5 Bill Nottingham 2004-11-12 19:41:04 UTC
From that bug:

Changing the default password file makes upgrades a mess, as you have
to code in hacks to get changes propagated to users systems. And yes,
for this case, I don't see the change being important enough; this is
the way the system has been since at least RHL 4.x, to the best of my

Comment 6 Till Maas 2006-10-27 09:46:54 UTC
This has been fixed in fc6, it is
root:*:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash now

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