Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 16614
possible shadow password issue with initial user account
Last modified: 2007-03-26 23:34:54 EDT
I installed a getty on a serial port and discovered I could log in without
giving my password. I use shadow passwords and the getties are compiled
correctly. I created a new account and password checking on it worked fine.
Next I changed my password from the console and found that the password
issue was corrected. The account I use was created during the install
process and I suspect that the shadow password was not correctly configured
then, since getties without shadow support give the same symptoms.
was your original install of 6.2 via kickstart ...? If so, this is a known issue
and can be resolved by downloading and using newer disk images ...
I did the install in expert mode (i.e. not in kickstart).
hmmm ... I could not reproduce this problem:
I did a minimum (+mgetty & minicom pkgs) install of 6.2, and ran minicom on a
remote system over ttyS0 @ 19200 8n1 ... locally I ran the mgetty program to
fetch the login through minicom:
% mgetty -r -s 19200 /dev/ttyS0
and then was able to login using a user account created during the install, and
the password was asked (both for root and non-root user) ...
Red Hat Linux release 6.2 (Zoot)
Kernel 2.2.14-5.0 on an i686
test168.test.redhat.com login: foobar
Last login: Tue Aug 22 18:46:51 on tty1
Are these steps similar to what you did on your system ...? Do you have the
same problem reproducably on that system (or another :) ) ...?
I am not too keen on trying to reproduce it, but I will keep an eye on it when
installing an upgrade.
It is possible I used the 'text expert' mode, maybe that makes a difference?
With the 'kickstart' install, was the 'x' missing in the passwd file for the
hmmm ... I haven't seen this problem in 6.2 or occuring during the Winston test
campaign (our next release), and so I will close this (I'm not sure what you may
have tickled to get the above behavior :( ), but please reopen if this continues
to recur or if you have any other information to help reproduce this ... thanks
for the report!