Bug 70414 - /etc/shells misses some shells and lists /sbin/nologin
/etc/shells misses some shells and lists /sbin/nologin
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: setup (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Bill Nottingham
David Lawrence
: 230650 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2002-08-01 03:54 EDT by Tomasz Kepczynski
Modified: 2014-03-16 22:29 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-08-01 03:54:48 EDT
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Description Tomasz Kepczynski 2002-08-01 03:54:43 EDT
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Description of problem:
On my PC at least tcsh, csh and ash are missing from /etc/shells file and this
prevents users from ftp login. As far as I remember this change was not
documented in release notes.
Additionally /sbin/nologin is listed as valid shell which I believe is incorrect
and security risk, unless it is there specifically to allow ftp accounts only.

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Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2002-08-12 15:11:48 EDT
Other shells are added in their %post, and /sbin/nologin is intentional.
Comment 2 Phil Knirsch 2007-05-24 09:23:43 EDT
*** Bug 230650 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 3 Jan "Yenya" Kasprzak 2007-05-24 09:44:49 EDT
OK then, either the shells(5) manpage should be changed to reflect the fact that
[not] having a shell listed in /etc/shells is no longer a valid criteria for
distinguishing between ordinary users and pseudo users, 

or (better) there should be a hard-linked copy of /sbin/nologin (say
/sbin/nologin-noshells), and system accounts should be changed to have this
shell instead.

I have the following pseudo-accounts with /sbin/nologin shell:

bin daemon adm lp mail uucp operator games gopher ftp nobody rpm vcsa sshd rpc
rpcuser nfsnobody mailnull smmsp pcap radvd postfix dbus haldaemon named nscd

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