Subject: Re: root password prompt fails
To: Chapman Flack <>
From: Christos Zoulas <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 06/14/2006 12:24:15
On Jun 14, 11:45am, (Chapman Flack) wrote:
-- Subject: Re: root password prompt fails

| Christos Zoulas wrote: 
| > You need to modify openpam_ttyconv.c
| I am inclined to agree. It currently simply prompts to stdout and reads
| stdin, and it surprises me that ThinkSec AS and Network Associates Labs
| The Security Research Division of NAI did not think a little longer about
| that, or at least read getpass.3. I believe it should use /dev/tty.
| However, I am not sure I know enough about applicable standards or
| requirements for compatibility with other PAM implementations to just
| dive in and change it. The change would not conflict with the man page
| openpam_ttyconv.3, as the page is simply silent on the whole question
| (which also strikes me as a bug). If it is to be changed, it should
| surely be passed upstream.

Ok, fixed. I have not passed it upstream yet though; let's wait a couple
of days.