FC6(working 'su -') vs Centos5(failing 'su -')

Justin W jlist at jdjlab.com
Sat Jun 2 18:39:25 UTC 2007

Tony Nelson wrote:
> At 11:13 AM -0500 6/2/07, Justin W wrote:
>> ...
>>    May 31 15:04:24 zeus su: pam_unix(su-l:auth): authentication
>>    failure; logname=justin uid=1000 euid=0 tty=pts/0 ruser=justin
>>    rhost=  user=root
>>    type=USER_AUTH msg=audit(1180641866.633:212): user pid=2570 uid=1000
>>    auid=1000 subj=user_u:system_r:unconfined_t:s0 msg='PAM:
>>    authentication acct=root : exe="/bin/su" (hostname=?, addr=?,
>>    terminal=pts/0 res=failed)'
>  ...
> Try booting that VM appending "enforcing=0" to the kernel command line.  If
> that helps, then it really is an SELinux issue.
> FWIW, I'm "su -"ing to root on CentOS 5 with SELinux disabled.  I may get
> around to enabling it someday, but not right now.
I tried both 'setenforce 0' and appending 'enforcing=0' to the kernel 
arguments. Neither allowed me access.

Would having the user accounts being held in an LDAP directory have any 
effect (though I don't see how it'd effect one access method and not the 

Justin W

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