[plug] Help with SU

Phillip Bennett phillip at mve.com
Fri Mar 30 23:55:37 WST 2007

Sorry Daniel.  I saw Mark at the top and addressed that to the wrong person.


-----Original Message-----
From: plug-bounces at plug.org.au [mailto:plug-bounces at plug.org.au] On Behalf
Of Daniel Pearson (Flashware Solutions)
Sent: 30 March 2007 16:24
To: plug at plug.org.au
Subject: Re: [plug] Help with SU

Mark O'Shea wrote:
> On Thu, 2007-03-29 at 14:46 +0100, Phillip Bennett wrote:
>> However, now I can't su to root.  It gives me a 'wrong password' error.
>> Fortunately, I can still use 'sudo su -' to get root.
>> Can anyone shed any light on why this would happen?  Or at least 
>> where to look?  I've checked the PAM files and the nsswitch.conf.  
>> There's nothing in any of the logs (messages, secure etc..)  I'm 
>> completely stumped.  I thought I knew how logging in worked, but I 
>> guess I've missed something fairly important.
> Curious.  There's *nothing* in the logs for the auth facility (check 
> where it's going in the config for your syslogd, whichever one you 
> use) for su? Not even for the successful ones executed under sudo?
> It sounds like you can authenticate okay for everything apart from su 
> using local password files now that your not going through kerberos to 
> authenticate to ad.  This does suggest pam config, maybe things are 
> out of order.  What does the pam config for su actually say?
What about sudo passwd root ?
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