cannot log in via console, cannot su(1), only as root
gamato at users.sf.net
Fri Jul 13 00:28:10 UTC 2007
Michael K. Smith - Adhost wrote:
> Hello Martinko:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org [mailto:owner-freebsd-
>> questions at freebsd.org] On Behalf Of martinko
>> Sent: Saturday, July 07, 2007 4:36 PM
>> To: freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
>> Subject: Re: cannot log in via console, cannot su(1), only as root
>> martinko wrote:
>>> hello list,
>>> i was updating sw configuration of my old computer and towards the
>> end i
>>> noticed i couldn't log in on local console other than root. i tried
>>> remote ssh using public keys which worked but i found out su(1) to
>>> user except root does not work either. i've no idea how i could
>>> possibly manage to "break" my system like this and unfortunately i
>>> to fix it by tomorrow. therefore i would really appreciate your
>>> hints as what to check etc.
>> some more details follow ...
>> upgrade from 6.0-R to 6.2-R
>> everything went ok ..
>> i was doing changes in /etc based on my other computer settings
>> i was working via ssh(1), therefore i haven't noticed when logging on
>> console stopped working.
>> what works:
>> log in via ssh(1) using public/private keys
>> log in on local console as root
>> su(1) to root
>> what doesn't work:
>> log in via ssh(1) using password
>> log in on local console as a normal user
>> su(1) to a normal user (it even doesn't ask for password a throws
>> besides, as root i'm able to change passwords via passwd(1), but it
>> doesn't help and a normal user cannot change their own password (old
>> password check would fail).
>> i ran vipw(8) and it doesn't seem to me there's something wrong with
>> any hints pls ??
> The normal user would have to be a member of the "wheel" group to use su
> at any point. If your normal user logs in via ssh/console/whatever,
> they should be able to run the passwd command to change their own
> password. You wouldn't want them to su to do so. If you want to test
> this, add your normal user to the wheel group, log in again and see if
> it works.
I'm not having problem with a password as such. I can change it. I
just cannot log in using password as any user apart from root, whether
logging locally (console) or remotely (ssh). Users I tried su(1) are of
course members of wheel group. su(1) failed before even accepting any
password. There's something wrong somewhere and I need to find it, just
don't know how. Any ideas pls ??
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