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AD/KRB5 authentication issues (unexpected) with RedHat 7.2

For some unknown reason a few freshly added users could not login to a freshly built RedHat host. Too much fresh? The host has been COBBLER built and so what is going on?
This is what is recorded in /var/log/secure showing the failed login attempt:

Sep  8 13:57:56 bctpxypl1 sshd[2397]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=ssh ruser=  user=wmduszyk
Sep  8 13:57:56 bctpxypl1 sshd[2397]: pam_sss(sshd:auth): authentication success; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=ssh ruser= user=wmduszyk
Sep  8 13:57:56 bctpxypl1 sshd[2397]: pam_krb5[2397]: account checks fail for 'WMDUSZYK@WMD.EDU': user disallowed by .k5login file for 'wmduszyk'
Sep  8 13:57:56 bctpxypl1 sshd[2397]: Failed password for wmduszyk from port 58191 ssh2
Sep  8 13:57:56 bctpxypl1 sshd[2397]: fatal: Access denied for user wmduszyk by PAM account configuration [preauth]
Sep  8 13:59:49 bctpxypl1 su: pam_unix(su-l:session): session closed for user wmduszyk

I am flabbergasted! The host has all the latest patches, and everybody else can login! After a short search on the web I add a paragraph to /etc/krb5.conf containing the ignore_k5login = true phrase and the login issues are gone!

Here is the file /etc/krb5.conf as it is now.

 default = FILE:/var/log/krb5libs.log
 kdc = FILE:/var/log/krb5kdc.log
 admin_server = FILE:/var/log/kadmind.log

 default_realm = WMD.EDU
 dns_lookup_realm = false
 dns_lookup_kdc = false
 ticket_lifetime = 24h
 renew_lifetime = 7d
 forwardable = true
default_tgs_enctypes = rc4-hmac aes256-cts-hmac-sha1-96 aes128-cts-hmac-sha1-96
default_tkt_enctypes = rc4-hmac aes256-cts-hmac-sha1-96 aes128-cts-hmac-sha1-96
permitted_enctypes = rc4-hmac aes256-cts-hmac-sha1-96 aes128-cts-hmac-sha1-96

 WMD.EDU = {
  admin_server = KERBEROS.WMD.EDU

[domain_realm] = WMD.EDU = WMD.EDU

 pam = {
  debug = false
  WMD.EDU = {
   ignore_k5login = true

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  1. Mitasha says

    Thanks this works !!! 😀

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