openssh ignores locked account using public key authentication

Andrew McNabb amcnabb at
Tue Oct 4 15:15:47 MDT 2005

On Tue, Oct 04, 2005 at 03:05:00PM -0600, Ross Werner wrote:
> Does that work to completely lock someone out?

I guess it all depends on how you define completely locking someone out.
A user can always find a world writeable directory such as /tmp and put
a setuid binary there.  Even if their account is completely deleted
(removed from /etc/passwd), they can still access any files in their
home directory as long as they can use someone else's account. :)

[back in time]

It reminds me of going over quota on an IRIX box (at least in the
1990s).  If you didn't want to delete any files, you could just chown
some of them to some other user.

Andrew McNabb
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