Bug 5719 - pam_wheel uses wrong group
pam_wheel uses wrong group
Status: CLOSED DEFERRED
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: pam (Show other bugs)
6.1
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Cristian Gafton
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Reported: 1999-10-08 06:18 EDT by Matts Kallioniemi
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-01-06 16:59:18 EST
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Description Matts Kallioniemi 1999-10-08 06:18:54 EDT
Pam_wheel defaults to use group root, not wheel, if the
group= parameter is not used. Contrary to doc.

The syntax in the doc is also wrong. It refers to the
old /etc/pam.conf configuration file, not /etc/pam.d/*.

/usr/doc/pam-0.68/txts/pam.txt:

"This module is used to enforce the so-called wheel group.
By default, it permits root access to the system if the
applicant user is a member of the wheel group (first, the
module checks for the existence of a 'wheel' group.
Otherwise the module defines the group with group-id 0 to
be the wheel group)."
Comment 1 Matts Kallioniemi 1999-10-08 08:13:59 EDT
This was also reported and discarded as bug #921.

Since the code now checks for WHEEL_IS_WHEEL, that flag should be
defined to make the module work as intended.
Comment 2 Nalin Dahyabhai 2000-01-06 16:59:59 EST
Fix pulled from current Linux-PAM tree.  Will be fixed in next release.

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