Bug 208148 - LD_LIBRARY_PATH stripped when xdm login
LD_LIBRARY_PATH stripped when xdm login
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: xinitrc (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Søren Sandmann Pedersen
Jay Turner
Depends On: 164869
Blocks: 217783 234251
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Reported: 2006-09-26 13:04 EDT by aaron scamehorn
Modified: 2015-01-07 19:14 EST (History)
5 users (show)

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Fixed In Version: RHBA-2007-0770
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2007-11-15 11:00:25 EST
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how ld_library_path is shown on a test system with the stated patch. (18.54 KB, image/png)
2006-11-28 01:46 EST, ritz
no flags Details

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Tracker ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHBA-2007:0770 normal SHIPPED_LIVE xinitrc bug fix update 2007-11-14 11:58:24 EST

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Description aaron scamehorn 2006-09-26 13:04:18 EDT
Description of problem:

This is a dup of https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=164869.

I am entering it again now as it is in RHEL4.4

In /etc/X11/xdm/Xsession, the addition of $SSH_AGENT in the following line:
     exec -l $SHELL -c "$SSH_AGENT $DBUS_LAUNCH gnome-session"

The ssh-agent executable is has its setgid bit set; this causes glibc (?) to
remove LD_LIBRARY_PATH from the environment before launching $DBUS_LAUNCH

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Login via xdm
2. Open gnome-terminal
Actual results:
<It's Empty!>

Expected results:
Anything you have set in ~/.bash_profile or /etc/profile

Additional info:
Login via a console (ctrl-alt-F1); echo $LD_LIBRARY_PATH:  Viola,
Comment 2 Matěj Cepl 2006-11-24 11:47:04 EST
see for more info FC bug 164869.
Comment 3 ritz 2006-11-25 10:09:19 EST
suspected patch. this may blow up your system, or cause a disaster.
can someone confirm otherwise ?

--- /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc-common.orig 2006-11-23 14:05:58.000000000 +0530
+++ /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc-common      2006-11-23 14:07:01.000000000 +0530
@@ -63,10 +63,19 @@
 # Prefix launch of session with ssh-agent if available and not already running.
 if [ -x /usr/bin/ssh-agent -a -z "$SSH_AGENT_PID" ]; then
-    if [ "$TMPDIR" != "" ]; then
-        SSH_AGENT="/usr/bin/ssh-agent /bin/env TMPDIR=$TMPDIR"
-    else
-        SSH_AGENT="/usr/bin/ssh-agent"
+  ENV=
+  if [ "$TMPDIR" != "" ]; then
+  fi
+  if [ "$LD_LIBRARY_PATH" != "" ]; then
+  fi
+  if [ "$ENV" != "" ]; then
+      SSH_AGENT="/usr/bin/ssh-agent /bin/env $ENV"
+  elif
+      SSH_AGENT="/usr/bin/ssh-agent"
Comment 4 aaron scamehorn 2006-11-27 10:54:18 EST
This patch DOES NOT WORK.

At the time you are attempting to check, and save LD_LIBRARY_PATH, it has not
yet been set.

During an xdm login, /etc/profile (and $HOME/.bash_profile) do not get sourced
in until the exec command in /etc/X11/xdm/Xsession:
   exec -l $SHELL -c "$SSH_AGENT $DBUS_LAUNCH ....."

Which is long after we have attemped to save LD_LIBRARY_PATH...
Comment 5 ritz 2006-11-28 01:46:51 EST
Created attachment 142261 [details]
how ld_library_path is shown on a test system with the stated patch.

After applying the stated patch on a frshly installed system, and setting
LD_LIBRARY_PATH in the files mentioned below, a screenshot of the output


additionally, it is usually recommended to add LD_LIBRARY_PATH as mentioned

if ! echo "$LD_LIBRARY_PATH" | grep -q /my/path ; then

and yes, i have not used the above if block for my test case. hence multiple
listing for few certain paths for LD_LIBRARY_PATH
Comment 6 ritz 2006-11-29 15:46:02 EST
dang ! 
the stated patch seems to b disabling ssh-agent on system, and thus it works !
Comment 7 ritz 2006-11-29 15:47:17 EST
additionally, rhel3 do not have setuid ssh-agent . rhel4 and above do.
Comment 8 ritz 2006-11-29 23:27:07 EST
* additionally, a hacky workaround for gnome-session. a wrapper script ?

move gnome-session to gnome-session.orig
create a shell script called gnome-session as shown below
chmod +x /usr/bin/gnome-session
this is hacky, but should work.



# One of the wrost possible implementation of a warpper script
#                               -- Ritesh Khadgaray

var=`ssh-agent -s`
var_sock=`echo $var|cut -f1 -d';'|cut -f2 -d'='`
var_pid=`echo $var|cut -f3 -d';'|cut -f2 -d'='`
export SSH_AUTH_SOCK=$var_sock
export SSH_AGENT_PID=$var_pid

gnome-session.orig $*

sleep 1

Comment 9 ritz 2006-11-29 23:46:00 EST
additionally, w.r.t. https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/process_bug.cgi#c8

i unset SSH_AGENT from /etc/X11/xinit/Xsession , before gnome-session was init'ed.
Comment 10 ritz 2006-12-20 15:02:18 EST
For a cleaner wrapper script check up bugzilla #164869

Comment 11 ritz 2007-01-22 16:57:20 EST
to install the proposed patch from comment#10.

A wrapper script to start desktop session and saving LD_LIBRARY_PATH .
To apply the patch

cd /
cat xinitrc_ld_library_path.patch| patch -p0
chmod a+x /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc-ssh

log-out and login. This should resolve the issue.
Comment 12 Ray Strode [halfline] 2007-02-27 18:10:05 EST
We should probably just change ssh-agent to use its alternate syntax instead of
doing the pass through way we do now.
Comment 15 Søren Sandmann Pedersen 2007-04-30 11:43:25 EDT
Devel ack for 4.6.
Comment 17 RHEL Product and Program Management 2007-06-26 11:26:22 EDT
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Product Management for inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux maintenance release.  Product Management has requested
further review of this request by Red Hat Engineering, for potential
inclusion in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Update release for currently deployed
products.  This request is not yet committed for inclusion in an Update
Comment 20 aaron scamehorn 2007-07-16 15:01:28 EDT
What does the below email mean???  It looks like this issue is still open!

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Subject: [Bug 208148] LD_LIBRARY_PATH stripped when xdm login

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Summary: LD_LIBRARY_PATH stripped when xdm login


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Comment 21 ritz 2007-07-16 16:01:34 EDT
Hello Aaron

  This issue is not closed, but a IssueTracker marked against this bugzilla is
closed. This issue is still being worked upon.
Comment 23 Søren Sandmann Pedersen 2007-07-29 19:36:26 EDT
Fixed in xinitrc-4_0_14_3-2
Comment 30 errata-xmlrpc 2007-11-15 11:00:25 EST
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
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