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1.13.  authd

1.13.1.  RHBA-2009:0442: bug fix update


This update has already been released (prior to the GA of this release) as FASTRACK errata RHBA-2009:0442
An updated authd package that fixes various bugs is now available.
The authd package contains a small and fast RFC 1413 ident protocol daemon with both xinetd server and interactive modes that supports IPv6 and IPv4 as well as the more popular features of pidentd.
This updated authd package includes fixes for the following bugs:
  • on 64-bit architectures, a size mismatch between data structures led to an endlessly repeating pattern of output, though no error. This size mismatch has been fixed in this updated package so that authd works as expected.
  • attempting to connect to a Postgresql database using identd authentication resulted in error messages similar to the following in Postgresql's pg_log, where [user] is the username of the user attempting to connect:
    CESTLOG:  invalidly formatted response from Ident server: "49795 ,
    5432 : ERROR :[user]
    This authd error has been corrected so that users are now able to log in successfully, thus resolving the issue.
  • previously, installing the authd package resulted in the creation of a user named "ident" with a home directory of /home/ident. With this updated package, the "ident" user is still created, but, by convention, ident's home directory is the root ("/") directory.
All users of authd are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which resolves these issues.

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