Bug 4060 - zero-length password corrupts database
zero-length password corrupts database
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 3029
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: pam (Show other bugs)
6.0
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: David Lawrence
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Reported: 1999-07-15 20:44 EDT by tompermutt
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-08-02 12:16:13 EDT
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Description tompermutt 1999-07-15 20:44:49 EDT
With shadowing turned off, setting a zero-length password
seems to corrupt the password data-base.  Whether I do it by
editing /etc/passwd, or using passwd as root, the user is
unable to log on.  Furthermore, even if root runs passwd
again to set a non-null password, that user remains hosed.
Comment 1 Michael K. Johnson 1999-07-30 17:10:59 EDT
I cannot reproduce this.  Are you using NIS or some other form of
authentication besides /etc/passwd?  A non-root user cannot set a
null password with the passwd command; perhaps the old password is
still in force for you?
Comment 2 Michael K. Johnson 1999-08-02 12:14:59 EDT
OK, 3029 does look like the same report...
Comment 3 Michael K. Johnson 1999-08-02 12:16:59 EDT
The bug really does exist.  I'm not sure why I couldn't recreate it
on my machine, but plenty of people have reported it.  In any case,
it is clearly a duplicate of 3029.  Thanks for your patience...

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 3029 ***

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