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[RHBA-2001:137-02] nfs-utils user nfsnobody should be created as a system account

                   Red Hat, Inc. Red Hat Bug Fix Advisory

Synopsis:          nfs-utils user nfsnobody should be created as a system account
Advisory ID:       RHBA-2001:137-02
Issue date:        2001-10-17
Updated on:        2001-10-21
Product:           Red Hat Linux
Keywords:          nfs-utils nfsnobody
Cross references:  

1. Topic:

An updated version of the nfs-utils package is being made available for Red
Hat Linux 7.2.  The new version fixes a bug in the method by which the
anonymous user UID is created.  All systems running as NFS servers should
be upgraded.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Linux 7.2 - i386

3. Problem description:

The latest version of the nfs-utils package creates the user "nfsnobody" on
server machines.  This user owns all anonymous files created by NFS
clients.  The current version of nfs-utils creates "nfsnobody" as a regular
account.  Regular accounts are automatically created with a default set of
files which are not needed by system accounts.

The updated version of nfs-utils deletes these extraneous files and
recreates the "nfsnobody" account as a system account.

4. Solution:

Before applying this update, make sure all previously released errata
relevant to your system have been applied.

To update all RPMs for your particular architecture, run:

rpm -Fvh [filenames]

where [filenames] is a list of the RPMs you wish to upgrade.  Only those
RPMs which are currently installed will be updated.  Those RPMs which are
not installed but included in the list will not be updated.  Note that you
can also use wildcards (*.rpm) if your current directory *only* contains
desired RPMs.

Please note that this update is also available via Red Hat Network.  Many
people find this an easier way to apply updates.  To use Red Hat Network,
launch the Red Hat Update Agent with the following command:


This will start an interactive process that will result in the appropriate
RPMs being upgraded on your system.

5. Bug IDs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla for more info):

54221 - nfsnobody mail

6. RPMs required:

Red Hat Linux 7.2:



7. Verification:

MD5 sum                           Package Name
6102ddce7504704d66d9b740ea7eb8b0 7.2/en/os/SRPMS/nfs-utils-0.3.1-
38930b307258adcfe32b33dd194a6d59 7.2/en/os/i386/nfs-utils-0.3.1-

These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat, Inc. for security.  Our key
is available at:

You can verify each package with the following command:
    rpm --checksig  <filename>

If you only wish to verify that each package has not been corrupted or
tampered with, examine only the md5sum with the following command:
    rpm --checksig --nogpg <filename>

8. References:

Copyright(c) 2000, 2001 Red Hat, Inc.

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