Bug 17080 - Root password will unlock any user's screen
Root password will unlock any user's screen
Status: CLOSED NOTABUG
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: xlockmore (Show other bugs)
6.2
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Bill Nottingham
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Reported: 2000-08-29 13:20 EDT by Bob Apodaca
Modified: 2014-03-16 22:16 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-08-29 13:20:39 EDT
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Description Bob Apodaca 2000-08-29 13:20:37 EDT
When any user locks the screen using xlockmore, the screen can be unlocked
with the root password.  While root could kill the screensaver process, it
seems a little lax to allow root to unlock the screen.  The problem could
potentially be in PAM, I have not looked into this.
Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2000-08-29 14:06:02 EDT
That's the normal behavior of xlock, if you're not using
shadow passwords. If you are using shadow passwords, it
can't check the root password.

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