Bug 179653 - Authentication token manipulation error
Authentication token manipulation error
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: passwd (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Tomas Mraz
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2006-02-01 16:22 EST by maurice dalton
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:07 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2006-02-02 15:27:50 EST
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requested conf files (10.00 KB, text/plain)
2006-02-02 07:20 EST, maurice dalton
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Description maurice dalton 2006-02-01 16:22:08 EST
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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; FunWebProducts; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; InfoPath.1; .NET CLR 2.0.50727)

Description of problem:
Getting authencation error while trying to change password as general user.

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
3.enter new passwd

Actual Results:  bash-3.00$ passwd
Changing password for user joeuser.
Changing password for joeuser
(current) UNIX password: 
passwd: Authentication token manipulation error

Expected Results:  successful password change

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Comment 1 Nalin Dahyabhai 2006-02-01 17:56:37 EST
Could you please attach the contents of your /etc/pam.d/system-auth file,
/etc/krb5.conf, and /etc/pam_smb.conf files?
Comment 2 maurice dalton 2006-02-02 07:20:58 EST
Created attachment 124044 [details]
requested conf files
Comment 3 Tomas Mraz 2006-02-02 13:37:47 EST
More questions - is SELinux enabled? Are there any related messages in
/var/log/messages, /var/log/secure, /var/log/audit.log?
Comment 4 maurice dalton 2006-02-02 13:48:06 EST
  This messages is from /var/log/messages

Feb  2 12:48:50 sysmgr02 passwd(pam_unix)[22743]: authentication failure; 
logname=root uid=1501 euid=0 tty= ruser= rhost=  user=joeuser

There are no other log messages

dmesg:SELinux:  Initializing.
dmesg:SELinux:  Starting in permissive mode
dmesg:selinux_register_security:  Registering secondary module capability
dmesg:SELinux:  Registering netfilter hooks
dmesg:SELinux:  Disabled at runtime.

Comment 5 Tomas Mraz 2006-02-02 15:27:50 EST
Well it just seems like wrong password has been entered.

If you're asking why the error message was "Authentication token manipulation
error." and not "Authentication error." it's because of limitations of the way
how the PAM modules are set up for password changing. The pam_unix module is
sufficient -> doesn't affect return value if it fails. The return value is
determined by pam_deny which always returns "Authentication token manipulation

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