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/usr/bin/toolbox should be added to /etc/shells #1523

rothgar opened this issue Aug 16, 2016 · 3 comments

/usr/bin/toolbox should be added to /etc/shells #1523

rothgar opened this issue Aug 16, 2016 · 3 comments


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@rothgar rothgar commented Aug 16, 2016

Issue Report


CoreOS Version

$ cat /etc/os-release
PRETTY_NAME="CoreOS 1122.0.0 (MoreOS)


What hardware/cloud provider/hypervisor is being used to run CoreOS? Any

Expected Behavior

I should be able to change the core user shell with chsh -s /usr/bin/toolbox

Actual Behavior

I get the error
chsh: /usr/bin/toolbox is an invalid shell

Reproduction Steps

  1. run chsh -s /usr/bin/toolbox

Other Information

You can set the shell by manually editing /etc/passwd but that's not ideal because it's harder to script or include in ignition.

Feature Request

Please add /usr/bin/toolbox to /etc/shells

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@marineam marineam commented Aug 24, 2016

I don't think such an odd/complicated script like toolbox should be allowed by unprivileged chsh and in /etc/shells by default. Instead of chsh privilaged usermod should work though: sudo usermod -s /bin/bash $USER

But there is still the issue of /etc/shells, there is a PAM check for that too. This has come up before and I thought we had removed auth required from our configuration but looks like it is still there. Personally I don't think using /etc/shells to block login makes any sense, only for restricting the behavior of unprivileged chsh. So until we update PAM I guess adding toolbox to /etc/shells on your system is still needed.

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@rothgar rothgar commented Aug 24, 2016

My original problem was I wanted to do this in ignition with the core user but according to the spec it only works with new users. I imagine it works with cloud-config but haven't tested it.

Running a command interactively is obviously less than ideal when the cluster provisions itself fully otherwise. Although after using it on a few systems as the default shell I'm not sure I like not having a way to escape the toolbox and get back to a bash prompt on the host.

I'm still undecided if I like it, but I do think it should be an option. Whether that's via /etc/shells or PAM doesn't matter to me.

@dm0- dm0- self-assigned this Sep 6, 2016
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@dm0- dm0- commented Sep 6, 2016

We have removed the PAM module that was blocking logins with user shells not listed in /etc/shells.

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