Debian Configuration :: Root Doesn't Have Permission To Change Passwords

Jun 19, 2014

I installed Debian Kit on my Asus Nexus 7 tablet, and after following the installation tutorial I got it running except for I'm stuck on the step to create a new user. (btw link: [URL] .... )

Here's how it went (I can't copy&paste from my tablet so I have to type out everything...):

Code: Select allroot@android-6c40984c21c156ae:/# adduser paul374
Adding user `paul374' ...
Adding new group `paul374' (5000) ...
Adding new user `paul374' (5000) with group `paul374' ...
Creating home directory `/home/paul374' ...

[Code] ....

So since I read somewhere that selinux had some permission problem, so I did a few chcons:

Code: Select allchcon --user=u --role=r --type=init --range=s0 /etc/passwd
chcon --user=u --role=r --type=init --range=s0 /etc/shadow
chcon --user=u --role=r --type=init --range=s0 /etc/gshadow

And it did take effect:

Code: Select allroot@android-6c40984c21c156ae:/# ls -Z | grep passwd
            u:r:init:s0 passwd
u:object_r:unlabeled:s0 passwd-
root@android-6c40984c21c156ae:/# ls -Z | grep shadow
            u:r:init:s0 gshadow
u:object_r:unlabeled:s0 gshadow-
            u:r:init:s0 shadow
u:object_r:unlabeled:s0 shadow-

...but still same thing as what happened in the beginning...

Anyway my goal is to create and be able to log in to another user so that I'm not stuck running root all the time. (Which, as we all know, is a bad idea.)

If there's a way to manually create the user by editing a few files, and root still won't be able to change passwords, I'm fine with that, as long as I have another user. Whatever it takes to just get a non-root user log-in-able...

I forgot to mention that since this is the Asus Nexus 7, there is no removable media, so chrooting from another Linux machine isn't an option, and neither is removing an SD card to use a LiveCD on it.

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