Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 491319
g_get_user_name / g_get_home_dir should check LOGNAME
Last modified: 2013-04-30 18:54:33 EDT
Description of problem:
This problem occurs with RHEL-4 u7.
Customer has two users with same uid viz. foo and ,say, ccfoo. She logs in as foo and sets $LOGNAME to ccfoo as well. By default it is set as foo based on uid since foo was created first.
When she starts up X-Windows and runs firefox (3.0), firefox shows an error "error occurred while loading or saving configuration information for Gecko". The core issue is that gconf is trying to acquire a lock for /tmp/gconfd-ccfoo/lock/ior whereas gconfd has created /tmp/gconfd-foo/lock/ior.
This problem does not occur, when using firefox 220.127.116.11 in RHEL-4 u6.
It turns out firefox 3 links against glib-2.0 in /usr/evolution28/lib, which implements g_get_user_name() differently compared to that in /usr/lib used byg gconf. The difference is:
* g_get_user_name() in evolution28 returns the contents of $LOGNAME provided it matches against the current uid.
* g_get_user_name() in /usr/lib returns the user name associated by default to the current uid.
gconfd and firefox link against the two different versions, thus causing a mismatch in their interpretation of user names.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
For firefox error:
1) Create two user names with same uid:
useradd -u 666 -o foo
useradd -u 666 -o ccfoo
2) log in as ccroot
3) Open a terminal and type:
The error described above
Firefox should simply start with profile of foo.
Test case to verify return value of g_get_user_name:
$ cat ggetusername.c
$ gcc -o stockglib ggetusername.c `pkgconfig --cflags --libs glib-2.0`
$ gcc -o evlglib ggetusername.c /usr/evolution28/lib/libglib-2.0.a -I/usr/evolution28/include/glib-2.0 -I/usr/evolution28/lib/glib-2.0/include
$ LOGNAME=ccfoo ./evlglib
$ LOGNAME=ccfoo ./stockglib
Handle multiple user names with the same UID better.
(#319535, Laszlo Peter)
* glib/gutils.c (g_get_any_init_do): When determining user
data, first look up $LOGNAME. If the UID doesn't match
getuid(), fall back to the current behaviour of looking
up the user data based on getuid().
Created attachment 336035 [details]
patch based on upstream code
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