I've never come across this myself, but that is sounds like is that the
password authentication module for the shadow file is refusing to read the
file because of the permissions. It should be set to 400. Either that, or
you've got incorecct number of fields in your new entry.
> /etc/shadow and put a * in the hash field. Only problem is that I had to
> chmod 600 to allow me to edit /etc/shadow! (What is the default octal chmod
> for /etc/shadow??) I looked at /var/log/messages and they state that the
> authenication service cannot retrieve authentication info!
>> Does this sound familar, has anyone experienced this and fixed it?? If so,
> could you share the fix for this with me?
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