Bug 158574 - adduser rewrites existing dot-files with /etc/skel files
Summary: adduser rewrites existing dot-files with /etc/skel files
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 89591
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: shadow-utils
Version: 3
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Peter Vrabec
QA Contact: David Lawrence
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Reported: 2005-05-23 18:13 UTC by Aldy Hernandez
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:11 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-08-01 12:54:33 UTC
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Description Aldy Hernandez 2005-05-23 18:13:29 UTC
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Description of problem:
Adduser will rewrite *existing* files in /home/USER from the skeletons in /etc/skel.  This is especially dangerous if /home directories are NFS mounted (home is already populated).

For example, imagine I am adding user "foo" on a new machine that needs /etc/passwd populated.  If this machine has foo's home directory NFS mounted (or already present), it will overwrite any files there with the versions in /etc/skel.

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Create /home/foo with .bashrc.
2. adduser foo ...
3. See how /home/foo/.bashrc was rewritten.

Expected Results:  adduser should not overwrite existing files

Additional info:

Comment 1 Peter Vrabec 2005-08-01 12:54:33 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 89591 ***

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