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Bug 5719

Summary: pam_wheel uses wrong group
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Matts Kallioniemi <matts>
Component: pamAssignee: Cristian Gafton <gafton>
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Version: 6.1CC: gafton, johnsonm
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Description Matts Kallioniemi 1999-10-08 10:18:54 UTC
Pam_wheel defaults to use group root, not wheel, if the
group= parameter is not used. Contrary to doc.

The syntax in the doc is also wrong. It refers to the
old /etc/pam.conf configuration file, not /etc/pam.d/*.


"This module is used to enforce the so-called wheel group.
By default, it permits root access to the system if the
applicant user is a member of the wheel group (first, the
module checks for the existence of a 'wheel' group.
Otherwise the module defines the group with group-id 0 to
be the wheel group)."

Comment 1 Matts Kallioniemi 1999-10-08 12:13:59 UTC
This was also reported and discarded as bug #921.

Since the code now checks for WHEEL_IS_WHEEL, that flag should be
defined to make the module work as intended.

Comment 2 Nalin Dahyabhai 2000-01-06 21:59:59 UTC
Fix pulled from current Linux-PAM tree.  Will be fixed in next release.