bin/96248: vipw fail on RO /etc

Maxim Konovalov maxim at
Tue Apr 25 20:40:26 UTC 2006

The following reply was made to PR bin/96248; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Maxim Konovalov <maxim at>
To: Alex Kozlov <spam at>
Cc: bug-followup at
Subject: Re: bin/96248: vipw fail on RO /etc
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 00:39:38 +0400 (MSD)

 >  >  I believe a simple script could solve the problem in your environment.
 >  Almost any missing features can be done with wrapper script.
 >  But programs continue to improve.
 Yes, in a way they don't break POLA.  I'd be really surprised if
 eventually vipw(8) run 'more' instead of 'vi' :-)
 >  Also I don't want script in sudo case.
 I know nothing about your environment but if you trust users to run
 vipw(8) from which they can easily change root password, create a
 priv. account, jump to root shell, why don't trust them to run a
 >  P.S. Btw, lib/libutil don't respect NO_INET6 knob. Fix is simple.
 >  Shall I fill another PR?
 Yes, sure.
 Maxim Konovalov

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