RHEA-2005:088 - Product Enhancement Advisory
Product Enhancement Advisory
Updated authconfig packages that add the ability to make local
authorization sufficient for local users are now available.
Authconfig is a system configuration tool that allows system administrators
to set authentication and authorization policies of the system.
Policies are set so that users are authenticated and authorized against a
remote service, such as LDAP or a Kerberos server. If the system is
disconnected from the network, or the remote server is unavailable, local
users (even root) could not login to the system.
This update adds '--enablelocauthorize' and '--disablelocauthorize' options
to the authconfig utility which changes this behavior. When the
'--enablelocauthorize' option is used the remote authorization is not
performed, and local users are able to login regardless of the availability
of the remote server.
Also, a minor enhancement to the pam_cracklib module was added so that the
parameters of pam_cracklib are preserved when the authentication
configuration is written.
All users of authconfig should upgrade to these updated packages, which
resolve these issues.
Before applying this update, make sure all previously released errata
relevant to your system have been applied.
To update all RPMs for your particular architecture, run:
rpm -Fvh [filenames]
where [filenames] is a list of the RPMs you wish to upgrade. Only those
RPMs which are currently installed will be updated. Those RPMs which are
not installed but included in the list will not be updated. Note that you
can also use wildcards (*.rpm) if your current directory *only* contains the
Please note that this update is also available via Red Hat Network. Many
people find this an easier way to apply updates. To use Red Hat Network,
launch the Red Hat Update Agent with the following command:
This will start an interactive process that will result in the appropriate
RPMs being upgraded on your system.
If up2date fails to connect to Red Hat Network due to SSL
Certificate Errors, you need to install a version of the
up2date client with an updated certificate. The latest version of
up2date is available from the Red Hat FTP site and may also be
downloaded directly from the RHN website:
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 3 x86_64
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 3 ia64
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 3 i386
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation 3 x86_64
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation 3 ia64
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation 3 i386
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop 3 x86_64
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop 3 i386
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM z Systems 3 s390x
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM z Systems 3 s390
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Power, big endian 3 ppc
- BZ - 109359 - root cannot login if network is down and configured for NIS, LDAP, etc..
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 3
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation 3
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop 3
Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM z Systems 3
Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Power, big endian 3