SUMMARY: $USER set wrong on telnet but not for rsh or ssh!

From: Bevan Broun (
Date: Wed Jan 12 2000 - 02:18:35 CST

on Wed, Jan 12, 2000 at 01:35:14PM +0800, Bevan Broun <> wrote:
> A strange problem on solaris 7. When users telnet to the server $USER is
> being set to "toor" (identical to root account) but this does not happen
> with rsh or ssh (rsh has $USER="" and ssh has the correct username).
> id reports the correct info always.
> It seems to have happend with the toor account was added but removing it
> didnt seem to fix it (maybe I didnt wait long enought, but it still
> doesnt make sense)

Thanks to

Stephen Tremain <>
Casper Dik <> (no we werent hacked, toor comes
    from FreeBSD and the boss liked it - it uses a different shell)
Andre Koopal <andre@NL.UU.NET>

inetd must have been restarted under the toor login and had inherited
the enviroment from toor. I unset the USER enviroment variable, stopped
and started inetd and all was well.

Thanks again


Bevan Broun                                           ph (08) 9380 1587
Computer Systems Officer                             fax (08) 9380 1065
Dept. Electrical and Electronic Engineering      
University of Western Australia                                 rm. G70

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