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Old 12-23-2005, 07:26 PM   #1
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FC4-Starting sshd: Privilege separation user sshd does not exist FAILED

After I do "service sshd start" on FC4 I get the following error message even after disabling firewall using system-config-securitylevel.
"Starting sshd: Privilege separation user sshd does not exist FAILED]".
Please Help.

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Old 12-23-2005, 08:53 PM   #2
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Have a look in /etc/passwd and /etc/group and see if "sshd" is in them. If not, add them (as root):
groupadd -g 33 sshd
useradd -u 33 -g 33 -c sshd -d / sshd
Then try again.

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Old 12-24-2005, 12:52 PM   #3
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Wrong sub-forum

This is the Red Hat distro area. Fedora is no longer Red Hat, although Red Hat (the corporation) still sponsors Fedora Core. (Confused yet? So are a lot of people.)

I make the point because your questions pertaining to FC4 are going to get much better visibility in the Fedora distribution forum than they will here.

With all that said, tuttle's advice is a good place to start.

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Moved: This thread is more suitable in Fedora and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.
Old 12-26-2005, 05:41 PM   #5
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Another option, is to simply change a line in the /etc/ssh/sshd_config .

You can change

UsePrivilegeSeparation yes

UsePrivilegeSeparation no

It will lower your security settings a litte, as unauthenticated ssh connection attempts will be running as root rather than as sshd in /var/empty, but it is another option.
Old 12-29-2005, 02:22 PM   #6
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Hi Tuttle,
Thanks a lot for your advice,sshd started without any problems after adding user sshd.
jtison I'll take care that I post my questions to rigth forums.

Thanks & Regards,


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