Bug 3221 - Bad /etc/securetty on headless sparc 2
Summary: Bad /etc/securetty on headless sparc 2
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: setup
Version: 6.0
Hardware: sparc
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bill Nottingham
QA Contact:
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Reported: 1999-06-02 20:46 UTC by lars
Modified: 2014-03-17 02:09 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1999-09-02 18:15:56 UTC

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Description lars 1999-06-02 20:46:06 UTC
After dealing with the headless install problems (#2602,
time to resolution: 25 days), and then then headless
/etc/inittab problems (#3208, still open), I'm now unable to
log in as root on the console of my headless system.

The problem is that the /etc/securetty file distributed with
RedHat 6.0 does not include ttyS0 or ttyS1.

Workaround: edit /etc/securetty.  Add "ttyS0".

Solution: Rip the keyboard and monitor off your existing
Sparc systems, run a serial cable to a PC, and try out a
complete headless install, from beginning to end.  Make sure
it works.  Release errata.

Comment 1 David Lawrence 1999-06-02 23:27:59 UTC
I have verified that /etc/securetty does not include entries for
serial consoles.
Thank you for the suggestion. It has been assigned to a developer for
further review.

Comment 2 Jeff Johnson 1999-09-02 18:15:59 UTC
We can't add ttyS[01] to /etc/securetty because dialin lines are
usually insecure. This needs to be dealt with in the installer.
I'm preserving the bug by rsolving to the REMIND state.

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