Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 448457
Semantics regarding changing expired passwords odd
Last modified: 2009-06-17 00:31:54 EDT
Description of problem:
When I create a new user, his password is expired. This is a normal procedure. However, resetting an
expired password can be confusing.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Create a new user using "ipa-adduser user".
2. Try to log in using a Mac OS X (e.g., some non-Linux-PAM) client. The login will fail. If you view the
IPA server's logs, you will find that the password has expired.
3. Change the password as root using "ipa-passwd user." This seems to succeed.
4. Try to log in using a Mac OS X client. The login still fails! Logs still say password is expired.
5. Try to change the password as root using "kinit." Give the first password when prompted for the old
password. It fails. Try the new one. It works. Kinit prompts for a new password. Set a new password.
6. Try to log in using a Mac OS X client. It works.
I would expect "ipa-password" to either render the new password no longer expired or, if we really
don't want root to know the user's new password (is this what's going on?), print a warning: "password
changed but still expired" or just fail outright.
Here is a summary of password utilities:
passwd, of course, does not work
kadmin.local fails, "Insufficient access to perform requested operation while changing the password...
ipa-passwd fails, see above
This seems too confusing.
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I'm sorry I didn't catch this earlier but this works as designed, so it's not a bug.