Strange passwd bug "passwd: System error"

Bug #548482 reported by Joel Gabor
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
base-passwd (Ubuntu)
Nominated for Lucid by Joel Gabor

Bug Description

Binary package hint: base-passwd

I can't change any password, because of a strange passwd bug:

$ passwd
Changing password for joe.
(current) UNIX password:
passwd: System error
passwd: password unchanged

$ sudo passwd joe
passwd: System error
passwd: password unchanged

System info:
$ lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu lucid (development branch)
Release: 10.04

$ apt-cache policy passwd
  Installed: 1:
  Candidate: 1:
  Version table:
 *** 1: 0
        500 lucid/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

Joel Gabor (joelgabor)
tags: added: passwd password
Joel Gabor (joelgabor)
visibility: private → public
security vulnerability: yes → no
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Joel Gabor (joelgabor) wrote :

The problem is solved with the latest upgrade to current Lucid.
However it was a strange bug.

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