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Status Future consideration
Workspace AIX
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 22, 2022

Allow default setting of 'home' and 'shell' user attributes

Some customers will have their system's users defined remotely through LDAP or a similar module; these users might be defined on Windows AD, for example. Although typically there should be the ability to set a user's home directory and shell on this remote system, there may be a customer need to leave these undefined on the remote server. If one of these users log on to AIX, they will be put in '/' since they don't have a home directory defined, and ssh will make them use the /usr/bin/bsh shell. Likewise, 'lsuser ' will not show a value for home or shell, and a call to the getpwnam() or getuserattrs() API's will return nothing for home/shell. It would be very helpful in this situation to be able to set a default home or shell value - for example, in /etc/security/user file, in the default stanza, add something like: default: ...etc.. home = /home/$USERNAME shell = /usr/bin/ksh ...then, if a query is made to find a user's home or shell, and they are not found by a standard attribute query, check the /e/s/user file to see if they are set there, replace $USERNAME with the user's name, and use that. My understanding is that Linux sssd daemon has the ability to do something similar to this; by adding this kind of functionality to AIX, this could work whether the user is defined in LDAP, Centrify, or even if they are a local user that is missing their home or shell definition in /etc/passwd. Simply check if there is no value for home or shell after querying the user's registry module, and if there is not, check /e/s/user or some other config file. Regarding home - although it is possible to set HOME environement variable to /home/`whoami` and then do a 'cd $HOME' in the /etc/profile file, that is not a total solution, since lsuser, getpwnam, and getuserattrs will all still see a blank home value for a user.
Idea priority Medium