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Bug 86323 - "User account is locked" only locks local password
"User account is locked" only locks local password
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: redhat-config-users (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Brent Fox
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Reported: 2003-03-19 14:57 EST by Matthew Miller
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:52 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-05-22 18:09:28 EDT
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Description Matthew Miller 2003-03-19 14:57:22 EST
The user account properties dialog contains a "User account is locked" checkbox
in the Account Info tab. This checkbox, however, only causes the local password
to be !!'d out -- it doesn't actually "lock" the account in the way someone
might expect. Someone using Kerberos, for example, can get in just fine.

I see two possible solutions to this. First, change the wording to say "Local
password is locked". Alternately, instead of locking with !!, change the account
to be expired.
Comment 1 Brent Fox 2003-04-03 15:31:31 EST
Nalin, how would you recommend that we address this?
Comment 2 Nalin Dahyabhai 2003-05-22 17:14:45 EDT
For now we should just document that we're locking the local password, but
long-term we should roll Kerberos administration into the underlying management
library.  Doing that makes things *really* complicated, because you'll suddenly
run into cases where the local admin can administer local files but nothing else.
Comment 3 Matthew Miller 2003-05-22 17:41:11 EDT
Cases where the local admin can administer local files but nothing else is
pretty much the standard environment here. :)
Comment 4 Brent Fox 2003-05-22 18:09:28 EDT
I changed the string to say "Local password is locked".  Should be fixed in
redhat-config-users-1.1.6-1.  Thanks for your report.

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