|Summary:||'usermod' cannot add more than 800 users into a group.|
|Product:||[Retired] Red Hat Linux||Reporter:||Mitsuo Hamada <pa-hama>|
|Component:||shadow-utils||Assignee:||Eido Inoue <havill>|
|Status:||CLOSED CURRENTRELEASE||QA Contact:||David Lawrence <dkl>|
|Fixed In Version:||Doc Type:||Bug Fix|
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|Last Closed:||2004-10-27 18:12:02 UTC||Type:||---|
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Description Mitsuo Hamada 2002-02-25 03:32:36 UTC
From Bugzilla Helper: User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; Q312461) Description of problem: 'usermod' cannot add more than 800 users into a group. # cat account.txt a0001 a0002 . . . a0999 a1000 # addgroup hello # for acc in `cat account.txt` >do >adduser $acc >usermod -G hello $acc >done After executing above shell script, I found /etc/group was broken. Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): How reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: 1.make account list more than 800. 2.addgroup hello 3.execute script written bellow. for acc in `cat account.txt` do adduser $acc usermod -G hello $acc done Actual Results: /etc/group file was broken. Expected Results: all users are added into 'hello' group. Additional info:
Comment 1 Need Real Name 2002-06-18 09:53:03 UTC
Problem looks to be in a 4096 byte barrier somewhere - I found this problem also to exist when I add a user with adduser and secundairy groups; right at a 4096 byte length line it's broken and the groupfile is truncated (and thus broken)
Comment 2 Daniel Drown 2002-06-19 17:56:33 UTC
I ran into this as well. fix is in shadow cvs at: http://cvs.pld.org.pl/shadow/lib/commonio.c?r1=1.19&r2=1.20 comment from the above fix: 2001-09-07 Tomasz K3oczko <email@example.com> * lib/commonio.c, NEWS: Fix bug discovered and fixed by Marcel Ritter <Marcel.Ritter@rrze.uni-erlangen.de> Due to a big buffer size in lib/commonio.c this error does only appear if a line gets longer than 4096 bytes (there are probably very few people stumbling across this). Ths bug can be exposed by trashing /etc/groups file using useradd with script: #!/bin/sh typeset -i NUM NUM=0 groupadd demogroup while [ $NUM -le 1000 ]; do useradd -g demogroup -G demogroup -p "NONE" user$NUM NUM=$NUM+1 done After applying the above patch to the source, I was able to create a group that exceeded 4096 characters with the usermod tool.
Comment 3 Daniel Drown 2002-07-13 00:01:35 UTC
this also affects RedHat 7.3
Comment 4 Leszek Matok 2002-10-03 21:33:49 UTC
This affects newest RawHide packages, and Red Hat 8.0. I have a multiuser system and the current number of users causes useradd to delete all my users' groups, truncating the 'users' group. I'm attaching my own patch applying clearly to shadow-utils-20000902-12 sources, which I came up with when trying to understand what is happening to my system. It doesn't use any dynamically allocated integer, contrary to PLD patch. This also isn't the perfect patch. It allocates 4096 bytes and reads at most 4095 at a time, so on a system with one /etc/group line having 8192 characters, it wastes 2 bytes. What a pity :) Works for me now, but I'm really disappointed on Red Hat having the patch since almost two years (take a look at bug 3809!) and doing nothing, when the tools they provide delete their users' and clients' data...
Comment 5 Leszek Matok 2002-10-03 21:35:21 UTC
Created attachment 78444 [details] My proposed patch fixing the issue.
Comment 6 Leszek Matok 2002-10-03 21:48:55 UTC
Oh, by the way, building an rpm with my patch, I have noticed: useradd.o(.text+0x5c4): the use of `mktemp' is dangerous, better use `mkstemp' Maybe it's harmful, but also doesn't give me the sense of security a Linux distribution should provide.
Comment 7 Leszek Matok 2002-10-03 22:08:19 UTC
I meant "harmless", please excuse me.
Comment 8 Dave Brown 2003-02-17 02:29:05 UTC
Any ideas as to when we can expect this bug fixed?
Comment 9 Per Steinar Iversen 2003-03-21 13:17:36 UTC
Just discovered this bug the hard way on RedHat 8.0, a trashed /etc/group file. Not very nice for large linux servers. This is really bad for enterprise sized servers. Will this be fixed in version 8.1 ?
Comment 10 Dave Brown 2003-04-29 00:22:38 UTC
This appears to be fixed in RedHat 9 however it is still broken in RedHat 7.2. Any ideas as to whether this will be fixed in 7.2 seeing as it goes End Of Life at the end of this year?