Bug 143750 - console login as root fails if /etc/nologin exists
console login as root fails if /etc/nologin exists
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: pam (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Tomas Mraz
Ben Levenson
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Reported: 2004-12-26 15:23 EST by Gabor Kovacs
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:10 EST (History)
1 user (show)

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Fixed In Version: pam-0.77-66.2
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Last Closed: 2005-02-10 05:14:32 EST
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Description Gabor Kovacs 2004-12-26 15:23:29 EST
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Description of problem:
Logging in on console as root fails if /etc/nologin exists. Logging in by ssh is OK.

An attempt to login as root gives the following log:

Dec 21 11:52:54 bolyai26 login(pam_unix)[3309]: session opened for user root by LOGIN(uid=0)
Dec 21 11:52:54 bolyai26 login[3309]: Please ignore underlying account module

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Steps to Reproduce:
1. create /etc/nologin as root (dont close shell if you can't log in by ssh)

Additional info:

Authentication was set by system-config-authentication to shadow, MD5 passwords.
Comment 1 Elliot Lee 2005-01-03 17:18:06 EST
I've verified this behaviour - I think it may be more of a PAM thing.
Comment 2 Tomas Mraz 2005-01-04 08:09:52 EST
This is a nice one - actually there are 2 bugs - in pam library for
allowing the PAM_IGNORE status to get to an application and in the
pam_nologin (overwriting return value by return of pam_get_item).
Comment 3 Tomas Mraz 2005-01-04 14:19:07 EST
The openssh works because it doesn't test return value of pam_setcred
and it handles the /etc/nologin file on its own.
Comment 4 Tomas Mraz 2005-01-07 10:37:27 EST
I've fixed this in UPSTREAM CVS, however I plan to add it to the next
FC3 errata too.
Comment 5 Tomas Mraz 2005-01-21 04:32:32 EST
Actually this isn't a security bug.

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