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Bug 35357 - Latest sshd server allow to log-in without password
Latest sshd server allow to log-in without password
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: openssh (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Nalin Dahyabhai
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Reported: 2001-04-09 11:31 EDT by Milan Kerslager
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:38 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-12-18 10:33:53 EST
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Description Milan Kerslager 2001-04-09 11:31:53 EDT
Even I have PermitEmptyPasswords no (standard configuration from qa0404),
when the password is deleted from /etc/shadow (ie: there is empty field
with pasword in shadow file), the ssh daemon allow to anybody log in when
supply any non-empty pasword (but did not allow to log-in when user type no

I newer see this bug before.

It seems that there is serious bug in openssh server daemon in log-in
Comment 1 Nalin Dahyabhai 2001-09-06 08:55:24 EDT
This is intertwined with the nullok option to pam_unix, which allows access to
any account which has an empty crypted password field (in /etc/passwd or in
/etc/shadow).  So while sshd will reject an empty password immediately if
configured to do so, it will pass a non-empty password along to pam_unix, which
will allow access.

If you remove the "nullok" option from the lines in /etc/pam.d/system-auth which
refer to /lib/security/pam_unix.so, does this resolve the problem?
Comment 2 Alan Cox 2002-12-18 10:33:53 EST

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