From: Andy Ferguson (ilug at domain moil.demon.co.uk)
Date: Wed 14 Apr 1999 - 00:43:48 IST
On Tue, 13 Apr 1999, John Hegarty wrote:
> I have installed SuSE 6 , and now no user except root can access chfn , it
> asks for a password, it is not the root password , user password , user
> names , etc... There is no reference to this in the manual or online help.
> The incorrect password is logged in /var/log/messages
> Mar 9 13:53:49 snet chfn: incorrect password for `jhegarty'
Yip, I have verified this behaviour here.
Although I have not checked the cause, I do recall installing the
shadow suite a long time ago from source and included with it are
versions of such utilities. So I suspect SuSE have inadvertantly
included a version of chfn not designed for shadow passwords which means it
cannot determine a users real password.
Or else its broke.
Checkout and hack shadow.spm
Sysop MOIL BBS +44-1247-273357
andy at domain moil.demon.co.uk
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