libuuid user is created without a shell

Bug #1454897 reported by Joshua Timberman on 2015-05-14
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
util-linux (Debian)
Fix Released
util-linux (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I'm reporting this bug against util-linux, which seems to be the source package for the affected packages related to the libuuid user:

* libuuid1
* uuid-runtime

Both of these packages manage the "libuuid" user. However, neither one of the sets a shell for the user. From the postinst scripts for both:

$ grep useradd /var/lib/dpkg/info/libuuid1\:amd64.postinst
   useradd -d /var/lib/libuuid -K UID_MIN=$FIRST_SYSTEM_UID -K UID_MAX=$LAST_SYSTEM_UID -g libuuid libuuid

$ grep useradd /var/lib/dpkg/info/uuid-runtime.postinst
   useradd -d /var/lib/libuuid -K UID_MIN=1 -K UID_MAX=499 -g libuuid libuuid

These postinst scripts should have a "-s /usr/sbin/nologin" (or /bin/false), because this is clearly a "system" user - the home directory is in /var/lib, and the UID/GID are set to a low range.

It would also be nice if the package included documentation that indicates why this user is needed, and what purpose this directory serves. I tried reading the util-linux source, but I couldn't find a definitive answer to this.

Joshua Timberman (jtimberman) wrote :

I submitted this to Debian's bug tracker as well. I'll update this when I get a link.

Changed in util-linux (Debian):
status: Unknown → New
Joshua Timberman (jtimberman) wrote :

The Debian bug was closed because it's no longer relevant for Debian because 8.0 is now released.


I think that Ubuntu 14.04 should incorporate the /bin/false shell in the postinst scripts for uuid-runtime and libuuid1.

Changed in util-linux (Debian):
status: New → Fix Released
Martin Pitt (pitti) wrote :

We got this version in Ubuntu 15.04. The libuuid user does not exist any more, it got renamed to uuidd. adduser creates system users without a shell on purpose, as an additional security measure. That's not something which we want to change.

Changed in util-linux (Ubuntu):
status: New → Won't Fix
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