[ale] how to create user with no password

James P. Kinney III jkinney at localnetsolutions.com
Fri Feb 27 15:30:51 EST 2004

On Fri, 2004-02-27 at 10:07, Danny Cox wrote:
> James,
> On Thu, 2004-02-26 at 11:27, James P. Kinney III wrote:
> > And while your editing the /etc/passwd file, change the line that reads:
> > /bin/bash
> > to:
> > /bin/false
> 	Actually, this is dangerous.  It starts a shell, which begins to parse
> /bin/false and if you can catch it between the time it starts, and when
> it exits with an interrupt, the shell will happily give you a prompt!
> 	Perhaps bash doesn't do this now, but I'll bet you a purty (I can use
> that term, as I was born here) that it will!
> 	Mr. Toxen, confirmation please?

I think you are correct in this. /bin/false _used_ to be a special "null
shell" replacement. In RedHat it exists and and does load a bash shell
to run from.

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