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Bug 4060 - zero-length password corrupts database
Summary: zero-length password corrupts database
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 3029
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: pam
Version: 6.0
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: David Lawrence
QA Contact:
Depends On:
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Reported: 1999-07-16 00:44 UTC by tompermutt
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
0 users

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1999-08-02 16:16:13 UTC

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Description tompermutt 1999-07-16 00:44:49 UTC
With shadowing turned off, setting a zero-length password
seems to corrupt the password data-base.  Whether I do it by
editing /etc/passwd, or using passwd as root, the user is
unable to log on.  Furthermore, even if root runs passwd
again to set a non-null password, that user remains hosed.

Comment 1 Michael K. Johnson 1999-07-30 21:10:59 UTC
I cannot reproduce this.  Are you using NIS or some other form of
authentication besides /etc/passwd?  A non-root user cannot set a
null password with the passwd command; perhaps the old password is
still in force for you?

Comment 2 Michael K. Johnson 1999-08-02 16:14:59 UTC
OK, 3029 does look like the same report...

Comment 3 Michael K. Johnson 1999-08-02 16:16:59 UTC
The bug really does exist.  I'm not sure why I couldn't recreate it
on my machine, but plenty of people have reported it.  In any case,
it is clearly a duplicate of 3029.  Thanks for your patience...

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 3029 ***

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