[ale] how to create user with no password
John.Armsby at motorola.com
Thu Feb 26 16:51:25 EST 2004
Actually they are using Openssh in conjunction with this account. I got the OpenSSH to work but struggled with the account. Funning thing the shell script they gave me worked flawlessly on Red Hat 8. but balked on RedHat 9. I did notice that the account the script created had a korn shell as the default. I had to change to /bin/sh (arbitrary decision) before it worked. I used the GUI's to set no login. It could be that the root cause was the determination of the login shell and in Red Hat 8 I let the Korn Shell into the box during the installation. I guess the root cause is I am not anticipating corporate needs and they are not anticipating what I am up to. Linux is bleeding edge here and there does not appear to be a corporate formula for installation contents. The user creates a box which may match/mismatch the rest of IT. I am looking for that corporate "standard" but have not located it. Maybe there is not one as yet.
From: ale-bounces at ale.org [mailto:ale-bounces at ale.org]On Behalf Of
Michael D. Hirsch
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2004 11:05 AM
To: Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts
Subject: Re: [ale] how to create user with no password
On Thursday 26 February 2004 09:43 am, Armsby John-G16665 wrote:
> I am running an out of the box redhat 9. I am required to set up an
> account for corporate "bdnaadmin' with NO PASSWORD. It seems that the GUI
> (how embarassing for me) requires a password. I have tried deleting the
> account, then using "adduser bdnaadmin". RedHat put one in for me...
Set it up with a password, then go edit it out of /etc/shadow. The password
is the stuff between the first and second colons on the line that starts
I don't have to tell you what a bad idea this is. I don't suppose you could
get them to use ssh, instead? You can set that up so they don't need a
password, but at least there will be some security.
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