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Bug 230650

Summary: /sbin/nologin should not be in /etc/shells
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Reporter: Jan "Yenya" Kasprzak <kas>
Component: setupAssignee: Phil Knirsch <pknirsch>
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE QA Contact: David Lawrence <dkl>
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Description Jan "Yenya" Kasprzak 2007-03-01 22:13:49 UTC
Description of problem:
The /etc/shells file is often used by various programs to distinguish between
normal users and pseudoaccounts (see the shells(5) manpage for example). Yet the
default /etc/shells (at least in RHEL4 update 3 and Fedora Core 6) contains
/sbin/nologin, a shell dedicated for pseudoaccounts only. I think /etc/shells
should not contain /sbin/nologin as a valid shell, as this goes directly against
the purpose of both /etc/shells and /sbin/nologin. Or (as the worst possible
solution) the manpage of shells(5) should be corrected.

I am keeping the severity at "medium", but I think it might be a security bug,
as some daemons can mishandle pseudoaccount as a normal user account by looking
whether the account has shell which is listed in /etc/shells.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
setup-2.5.37-1.3 (and also setup-

Comment 1 Phil Knirsch 2007-03-09 16:07:55 UTC

Read ya, Phil

Comment 2 Phil Knirsch 2007-05-24 13:23:41 UTC
/sbin/nologin is intentional and was introduced quite some time ago as a RFE
specifically for that purpose to have a valid shell that prevents user login.

See also


Read ya, Phil

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 70414 ***