Bug 232896 - gdm create spurious audit entries
Summary: gdm create spurious audit entries
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
Classification: Red Hat
Component: gdm
Version: 5.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
: ---
Assignee: Ray Strode [halfline]
QA Contact:
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2007-03-19 11:21 UTC by Tomas Mraz
Modified: 2008-06-17 13:28 UTC (History)
0 users

Fixed In Version: RHBA-2008-0398
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2008-05-21 16:01:05 UTC
Target Upstream Version:

Attachments (Terms of Use)

System ID Private Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHBA-2008:0398 0 normal SHIPPED_LIVE gdm bug fix update 2008-05-19 23:09:06 UTC

Description Tomas Mraz 2007-03-19 11:21:53 UTC
+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #230401 +++

I cloned the RHEL4 bug report as it seems that this one somehow stayed unfixed 
in Fedora and RHEL5. There was an errata for RHEL4 with this.

+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #161230 +++

Description of problem:
Testing has shown that there is a spurious audit message being generated by gdm:

type=USER_ERR msg=audit(06/21/05 09:44:32.699:783952) : user pid=2155 uid=root 
auid=unknown(4294967295) msg='PAM bad_ident: user=? exe="/usr/bin/gdm-binary"
(hostname=?, addr=?, terminal=? result=User not known to the underlying
authentication module)'

This causes the audit system to log what could be interpretted as "suspicious"

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. install audit package
2. reboot into run level 5
3. ausearch -i -x gdm

Actual Results:  Among other things you will find a USER_ERR message with no

Additional info:

-- Additional comment from tmraz@redhat.com on 2005-06-21 12:53 EST --
Created an attachment (id=115763)
Proposed patch

This patch simply disables the checking call to pam which is not necessary when
gdm is part of the distribution and not manually installed from sources by

-- Additional comment from rstrode@redhat.com on 2007-03-06 14:17 EST --
This should be built into rawhide now.

Is there a RHEL5 bug somewhere too?

-- Additional comment from tmraz@redhat.com on 2007-03-19 07:19 EST --
Probably not. I'll clone this one.

Comment 1 RHEL Program Management 2007-06-05 20:33:48 UTC
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Product Management for
inclusion in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux release.  Since this
bugzilla is in a component that is not approved for the current
release, it has been closed with resolution deferred.  You may
reopen this bugzilla for consideration in the next release.

Comment 2 RHEL Program Management 2007-10-16 04:03:23 UTC
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 3 Ray Strode [halfline] 2008-01-14 16:39:49 UTC

Comment 4 Ray Strode [halfline] 2008-01-14 17:00:21 UTC
should be fixed in gdm-2.16.0-35.el5

marking MODIFIED for QA

Comment 5 Ray Strode [halfline] 2008-01-14 17:00:53 UTC
hmm, i wonder how i managed to build this without a qa ack...

Comment 10 errata-xmlrpc 2008-05-21 16:01:05 UTC
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
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files,
please follow the link below. You may reopen this bug report
if the solution does not work for you.


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