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Re: problem modifying starcluster AMI - ubuntu password change does not persist

From: Rayson Ho <no email>
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:31:07 -0400

What tools did you use to create the AMI? Did you use the web console or
you use the StarCluster command?

If you use the SC ebsimage command, then did you change your password on
the image host?


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On Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 3:17 PM, Dan Tenenbaum <> wrote:

> Hello,
> This might sound like an EC2 question that has nothing to do with
> starcluster, and in fact I have asked it on some AWS forums (there've been
> no answers). However, I have never encountered this problem before until I
> started modifying a starcluster AMI, so I wonder if it is related to what's
> on that AMI.
> I made a custom AMI based on the starcluster AMI ami-3393a45a (us-east-1
> starcluster-base-ubuntu-13.04-x86_64 (EBS))).
> I installed a bunch of additional software and I also set the password of
> the ubuntu user to (let's say) 'foobar'.
> The reason I did that is that I installed a web app that uses unix
> usernames and passwords for authentication. So I needed the ubuntu user to
> have a known password.
> I then made a new image based on my running instance. Then I started a new
> instance from that image.
> I ssh'd to that instance as the ubuntu user and typed 'passwd'. I was
> prompted for my existing password and entered 'foobar'. I then got:
> passwd: Authentication token manipulation error
> passwd: password unchanged
> This tells me that the password for ubuntu is not 'foobar'.
> Another way to test this is to try 'su - ubuntu'. This prompts for the
> password, I enter 'foobar' and it says "su: Authentication failure".
> a nutshell, when I change the ubuntu password, this change does
> not survive the process of creating a new AMI.
> Could this be due to the way the starcluster AMI is configured? Is there
> some script that runs when it boots that re-sets that password? I'm not
> passing any user-data when I start the instance.....(I also tried a crontab
> _at_reboot job that changes the password and that didn't work
> maybe whatever is messing me up is happening after that job is run).
> Thanks,
> Dan
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