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Bug 6980 - Problem with expired passwords
Problem with expired passwords
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: passwd (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Nalin Dahyabhai
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Reported: 1999-11-12 22:37 EST by phlip
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-01-24 14:05:50 EST
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Description phlip 1999-11-12 22:37:19 EST
If I do something like `chage -M 365 -d 1 -I 0 test` to force a user to
choose a new password on next login, they get a message that says 'passwd:
Only root can specify a username' and get booted when they try to log in
Comment 1 phlip 1999-11-14 23:31:59 EST
Sorry for the bug report.  The problem appears to be the ssh version 1 daemon
calling passwd and passing it the username.  I corrected the sshd code and now
it works.
Comment 2 redhat-bugzilla 2000-01-18 12:10:59 EST
Actually, I think this *is* a subtle and relatively easy-to-fix bug
in the passwd program itself (/usr/bin/passwd). It makes Red Hat's
passwd act unlike every other Unix' passwd -- causing, for example,
problems in sshd.

I wrote a patch for this bug, and for one bug in the Makefile, at
That's against the passwd-0.63-1.src.rpm package from Red Hat 6.1.
Comment 3 Cristian Gafton 2000-05-22 11:36:59 EDT
assigned to nalin
Comment 4 Stephen John Smoogen 2003-01-24 14:05:50 EST
Was not able to duplicate on Red Hat Linux 7.3 machine. It may be because of
different version of SSH or changes in code since 1999. Please re-open if the
problem can be found on your system, and I will try to figure out what
differences are causing a 'WORKSFORME'

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