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Bug 6701 - exec login command fails
exec login command fails
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: util-linux (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Crutcher Dunnavant
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Reported: 1999-11-03 19:02 EST by roger
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-11-05 08:12:12 EST
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Description roger 1999-11-03 19:02:48 EST
entering "exec login <username>" gives the usual password
prompt, but fails when the password is entered. The log file
lynx login: setuid() failed

If the <username> is root, then the command is successful,
after entering the correct root password, but there is a
  No directory /root!
  Logging in with home = "/".he message

It appears that the login command is not executing setfsuid
Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 1999-11-05 08:12:59 EST
Unlike many other programs (and many other unices), login is
responsible for preserving the PAM session. This is done by
an extra fork. Working out the pokery-jiggery necessary to
	exec login ...
	login ...
to function "normally" is not worth the effort.

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