Subject: Re: xdm strangeness, I'm really root?
To: Valtteri Vuorikoski <email@example.com>
From: Paul Goyette <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 04/01/1996 07:53:04
On Mon, 1 Apr 1996, Valtteri Vuorikoski wrote:
> On Mon, 1 Apr 1996, Jari Kokko wrote:
> > Running the xdm binary and NetBSD 1.1B, I am really root as reported
> > by id -p and zsh's LOGNAME, that is: uid at login time. I first
> > noticed it when playing tetris, when the new high score was attributed
> > to root :)
> I've noticed the same with both startx on console and remote MacX (xterm
> started via rexec). uid is me, but login is root. For example ftp thinks
> I'm root. Running ssh -v shows me:
> ssh_connect: getuid 666 geteuid 0 anon 0
> My zsh shows LOGNAME correctly though.
> This is NetBSD/mac68k-current with an oldish userland, so this isn't
I noticed this, too, when I tried to change my password! Even though I
was logged in as myself, the getlogin() call in passwd determined that I
was root, and therefore wouldn't let me change my own passwd just by
typing passwd. I finally figured out that I could type passwd <username>
and that worked just fine!