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From: Richard Ibbotson (richard_at_sheflug.co.uk)
Date: Fri Jan 31 2003 - 08:14:43 CST
Got a problem with an SuSE 8.1server which is runing in console mode.
No X-windows. After running harden_suse I find that I cannot change
the password and log back in again.
I followed Roman Drahtmueller's advice which appeared on the SuSE
security list back on the 9th of October last year....
>Please "touch /etc/rc.config" to work around this.
>This is a bug - depending on the selection of packages on your system
>it can happen that said file does not exist any more. It slipped
>through last time.
This worked for me and I was able to run ./harden_suse. However, on
re-booting I now find that I can't log back in again. The password
is rejected and if I become a user and then try to do 'su root' I
find that once again the root password is rejected.
Looking in /var/log/messages I see that my login messages which tell
me that someone has tried to login reveal this ....
"cannot open login.defs [Permission denied]"
Anyone suggest a way out of this ? Perhaps I need to remove
harden_suse and start again ?
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