NIS Linux - Ubuntu

Chad Perrin perrin at
Thu Dec 20 11:50:32 PST 2007

On Thu, Dec 20, 2007 at 09:32:50AM -0500, Lowell Gilbert wrote:
> RA Cohen <roy2098 at> writes:
> > I am sorry, here is an addendum to my previous post:
> >
> >>>Somehow Ubuntu was given root user
> >  permissions<<
> >
> > Actually, upon rereading my notes, Ubuntu was only given permissions of the user doing the login - not root - but we could login with any valid user apparently FreeBSD thought it was presented with a wildcard password.
> >
> > And I can also verify that FreeBSD clients are able to use the password map when x is used instead of * in the map to represent the password. So I can secure the system using the x but still cannot get Ubuntu clients to authenticate.
> Sounds like Ubuntu is using the wrong map, probably one where it's
> getting a different and empty field where it expects to find a password.

The behavior with an asterisk instead of an X is pretty worrisome,
however, and is not strictly Ubuntu's fault.  Security of a server should
not rely on the good will and competence of the client developers.

CCD CopyWrite Chad Perrin [ ]
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