Bug 5076 - XFree86-3.3.5-0.5.2 doesn't let non-root users run X
Summary: XFree86-3.3.5-0.5.2 doesn't let non-root users run X
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 5001
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: XFree86
Version: 5.2
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: David Lawrence
QA Contact:
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Reported: 1999-09-11 20:54 UTC by jlewis
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1999-09-24 19:58:17 UTC

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Description jlewis 1999-09-11 20:54:49 UTC
On Sat, 11 Sep 1999, Jon Lewis wrote:

> I broke one of my 5.2 systems at home today to debug
this.  What I found
> is that pam support seems to have been added into
Xwrapper, and that it
> comes with an /etc/pam.d/xserver file that by default only
allows root to
> start X...and AFAICT, no instructions for changing that
behavior.  I
> messed around with /etc/pam.d/xserver and got it to allow
anyone to start
> X, but I'm not happy with the way I did it.  I don't feel
like tracking
> down the pam docs (/usr/doc/pam-0.64/ is awfully barren)
right now, so
> I'll probably look at this more tonight.

Looked at this a little more, and now I think it's
definitely a bug.  When Red Hat released XFree86-3.3.5 for
5.2 and 6.0, they included (in both
releases) pam support in Xwrapper that's been standard on
6.0 but was new to 5.2.  6.0 does come with some
documentation on console.apps and pam_console.so in
However, 5.2 knows nothing of this.  5.2 (and pam-0.64-4
which is the latest pam update for 5.2) don't have
/lib/security/pam_console.so, so the /etc/pam.d/xserver file
that comes in XFree86-3.3.5-0.5.2.i386.rpm is

Comment 1 Preston Brown 1999-09-24 19:58:59 UTC
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 5001 ***

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