sudo show predefine PAM prompt with some PAM Modules, no default sudo prompt

Bug #1414303 reported by Joel Peláez Jorge on 2015-01-24
This bug affects 1 person
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sudo (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I use libpam-krb5 for authentication, when I use sudo it show this prompt


Not the default of sudo

[sudo] password for (user):

But if it's set LANG=C (no locale) with module libpam-krb5 show the default prompt of sudo.

With the module pam_unix (default of system) work without problems.

Then the problem is in locale support of one of these packages. At check the source code of two I reached the conclusion.

1. libpam-krb5 not support translations.

2. sudo replaces the PAM prompt if this is "Password:" or translate of this. But sudo only check "Password:" translated on current language config (example "Contraseña:" on "es" locale).

This bug not cause "real" problem but it may reveal the authentication system in use.

This report has attached a (possible) patch of sudo for fix the bug.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.10
Package: sudo 1.8.9p5-1ubuntu2
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.16.0-29.39-generic 3.16.7-ckt2
Uname: Linux 3.16.0-29-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
ApportVersion: 2.14.7-0ubuntu8.1
Architecture: amd64
Date: Sat Jan 24 07:50:23 2015
InstallationDate: Installed on 2015-01-12 (12 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" - Release amd64 (20141022.1)
SourcePackage: sudo
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
 /etc/sudoers análisis OK
 /etc/sudoers.d/README análisis OK

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Joel Peláez Jorge (joelpelaez) wrote :

The attachment "sudo patch for fix prompt issue with some PAM modules" seems to be a debdiff. The ubuntu-sponsors team has been subscribed to the bug report so that they can review and hopefully sponsor the debdiff. If the attachment isn't a patch, please remove the "patch" flag from the attachment, remove the "patch" tag, and if you are member of the ~ubuntu-sponsors, unsubscribe the team.

[This is an automated message performed by a Launchpad user owned by ~brian-murray, for any issue please contact him.]

tags: added: patch
Changed in sudo (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
Daniel Holbach (dholbach) wrote :

Do you know if this patch was discussed with the sudo upstream developers?

Martin Pitt (pitti) wrote :

Right, please forward this to . I don't want to patch this central piece of security sensitive software with some upstream review; and in general, we avoid having non-Ubuntu specific patches in Ubuntu only. Thanks!

Marc Deslauriers (mdeslaur) wrote :

I am unsubscribing ubuntu-sponsors for now, since there is nothing to do until this patch gets accepted upstream.

Once you've opened the upstream bug, and have linked it to this one, please subscribe ubuntu-sponsors again. Thanks!

Joel Peláez Jorge (joelpelaez) wrote :

The patch has committed, the bug entry is

Changed in sudo (Ubuntu):
status: New → In Progress
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package sudo - 1.8.12-1ubuntu3

sudo (1.8.12-1ubuntu3) wily; urgency=medium

  * debian/patches/pam_check_untranslated_prompt.patch: also check the un-
    translated version of the prompt when checking if the PAM prompt matches
    "Password:". Patch from Joel Pelaez Jorge. (LP: #1414303)

 -- Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre <email address hidden> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 11:57:43 -0400

Changed in sudo (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
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