[Fingerforce-devel] Bug#452178: Bug#452178: libpam-thinkfinger: being enabled in common-auth forbids user with a fingerpring to login via ssh using password

Luca Capello luca at pca.it
Tue Nov 20 21:55:08 UTC 2007

Hi Yaroslav!

Please always keep the bug report cc:ed, re-added.

On Tue, 20 Nov 2007 22:31:01 +0100, Yaroslav Halchenko wrote:
>> On Tue, 20 Nov 2007 21:10:20 +0100, Yaroslav Halchenko wrote:
>>> I've got a problem though for which I spent quite a bit of time to
>>> figure WTF.
>> For the future, please report the problem as soon as you experienced
>> it, it's better for everyone ;-)
> well -- I didn't know where it came from since many changes were done
> to the system -- so I couldn't say against which package to complain

OK, now I understood your WTF: I thought you already discovered it was a
ThinkFinger bug ;-)

>> I planned to release a new package fixing this bug [3], but two days
>> later Timo Hoening (ThinkFinger upstream) posted about releasing a
>> better patch soon after Nov 4th [4].
> well.... now it is 20th of Nov... and it doesn't hurt at all to upload
> temp fix -- it is better if it fixed some way and then "proper" fix
> comes with next release

I completely agree, but as already stated by its author ThinkFinger is
dead upstream [1] and a more general solution is already available [2]
(which BTW is been working on for Debian [3]).

I'm still wondering if a new ThinkFinger package is worth it and ATM I'm
in favor of it because:

- it solves the ssh issue

- I like to be "complete" ;-)

- we're anyway talking about experimental, where things can break

- even if ThinkFinger will never enter unstable, I'd prefer a migration
  path to fprint, thus a new ThinkFinger dummy package should be anyway

>> However, since Timo advised of a new (and last) release, I'd prefer
>> to wait to package the new release instead.  Hope you can wait a bit
>> more!
> well - sure I can ;-) I can always login to another account ;-)

This was the same solution I adopted where there was no fix yet!

Anyway, I'll ping upstream for a new release.

Thx, bye,
Gismo / Luca

[1] http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.drivers.thinkfinger/494
[2] http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.drivers.thinkfinger/494/focus=495
[3] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=438922

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