Login & Something diff since cygwin 1.5.15-1 release - could it be security changes that were made

Brian Keener bkeenerReMoVeAnTiSpAm@thesoftwaresource.com
Mon Jun 6 21:02:00 GMT 2005

Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> On Jun  1 13:22, Brian Keener wrote: 
> > I realize that login is not the normal mode of access for most Cygwin users and 
> > that most use simply the cygwin.bat to start one of the shells.  I have my 
> > cygwin.bat set to run login.exe which then runs the appropriate shell based on 
> > the login I use - actually it starts several login sessions and depending on 
> > the login I use (each unique to Cygwins passwd file ) it will run a different 
> > shell (IE briank runs bash, briankt runs tcsh, briankz runs zsh).   
> > 
> > This also keeps some one who sits down at my machine from accidentally 
> > accessing my cygwin install without knowing one of my logins or passwords.   
> > 
> > Up until 1.5.15-1 this worked perfectly and with 1.5.15-1 and since this has 
> > changed.  Login runs but no matter what login or password I use - I am told it 
> > is an incorrect login.  Simply rolling back to 1.5.14-1 corrects this and all 
> > works as expected.  I notice in the release for 1.5.15-1   
> > 
> > http://cygwin.com/ml/cygwin-announce/2005-04/msg00022.html 
> > 
> > that there were several security changes (or at least what I perceive to be 
> > security changes) and wonder if this could have affected my use of login.  Or 
> > was the fact my use of login worked a fluke and that has since been corrected.   
> There were a couple of security changes in recent releases.  What about 
> 1.5.17?  Does it solve your problem?  I just tried using login using 
> my own account and it works correctly.  You should carefully inspect 
> your /etc/passwd and /etc/group files because recent changes are more 
> sensitive to wrong entries, especially in relation to group settings. 
> Corinna 

Thanks for the response.  1.5.17 doesn't correct it either. I have tried each release 
since 1.5.14 and and always end up rolling back to 1.5.14.  I even tried simply 
accessing the bash prompt and then running login from there (without running it 
directly from cygwin.bat) and it still says Login Incorrect .

Based on your results I will go back and review /etc/passwd and /etc/group as you 
suggest and see what I can find.  I'm going to have to do a little digging it looks 
like - I updated to 1.5.17, removed my passwd and group file and rebuilt using:

mkgroup -l >/etc/group
mkpasswd -l -p "/$HOME" >/etc/passwd

still won't login.  Then I rebuilt them with 

mkgroup -d >/etc/group
mkpasswd -d -p "/$HOME" >/etc/passwd

but sill no luck either from cygwin.bat or just login from the shell prompt.  I'll 
keep digging.  Not sure what to look at now though.

Thanks for the follow-up.


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