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Re: [SLE] Explain this
  • From: Anders Johansson <andjoh@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Nov 2004 22:33:03 +0100
  • Message-id: <200411042233.03903.andjoh@xxxxxxxxxx>
On Thursday, 4 November 2004 22.22, Ryan McCain wrote:
> Can someone help me understand this?
>
> the user "tstaffor" does not have the same UID as root, however when he
> does "su -", it doesnt prompt him for a password. I've never seen
> this.
>
>
> dss-dr93la01:~ # who
> tstaffor pts/4 Nov 4 10:08 (172.20.11.82)
> dss-dr93la01:~ # w
> 13:13:49 up 6 days, 4:50, 1 user, load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
> USER TTY LOGIN@ IDLE JCPU PCPU WHAT
> tstaffor pts/4 10:08 0.00s 0.14s 0.01s sshd: tstafford [priv]
> dss-dr93la01:~ # su -

That prompt looks a bit suspicious. What did "whoami" say before the su here?
Are you sure he wasn't already su:ed to root? root doesn't get asked for a
password.

> dss-dr93la01:~ # whoami
> root
> dss-dr93la01:~ #

I'll bet you have to do "exit" twice here to get back to a regular user

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