Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 98745
pam_shells does not accept empty shell field in /etc/passwd
Last modified: 2015-01-07 19:05:41 EST
Description of problem:
According to the README.pam_shells file, if a login has an empty
shell field in /etc/passwd, "/bin/sh" is used. Although we
have "/bin/sh" in our /etc/shells file, ftp logins are denied by
pam_shells when the login does not have a shell assigned in /etc
passwd. Everything works well, when /etc/passwd is changed to list
"/bin/sh" (or "/bin/bash") in /etc/passwd.
How reproducible: always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. create login "x1" with empty shell field in /etc/passwd
2. try to "ftp machine" using login "x1"
3. observe, that it is not possible to login with ftp
4. it is possible to login with telnet, though
5. if the shell field in /etc/passwd is changed to "/bin/sh", ftp login is
The README was modified to reflect the reality in the upstream CVS.