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Heathe Kyle Yeakley
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Not authorized for terminal access -- see System Administrator

Hello all,

I have a Sun workstation at my desk that I used to administer the servers in the data center. From the Sun login screen, I can choose Options -> Remote Login -> Enter Host Name and enter the name of a Tru64 box on the LAN.

If I connect as a non-root user, I authenticate and run a CDE session just like I was at a local graphics terminal. If however, I try the same thing as root, I get the error message serving as the title to this thread.

Here is what I have done so far.

1) I know my root account works because I can ssh into the box via putty with no problems.

2) I have verified that there is a ptys
as well as an entry for my workstation in /etc/securettys.

After reading the man page for login(1), I found that my exact error message is addressed. The reason according to the man page is:
"You are not on the authorized user list for the terminal."

So my question: Where is the authorized terminal list? I thought that's what /etc/securettys did?

Thanks.
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Hein van den Heuvel
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Re: Not authorized for terminal access -- see System Administrator

Is this a 'trusted' setup?

>> If I connect as a non-root user, I authenticate and run a CDE session just like I was at a local graphics terminal.

Good check. Now do a 'who' and see how your workstation is reported. Simple nodename? Fully qualified node name? numeric address?
Use that exact syntax in securettys or ttys.
Or fix the name to be as desired (/etc/hosts? /etc/networks?)


>> 1) I know my root account works because I can ssh into the box via putty

So that suggests that /etc/securettys is in place with the ptys entry operational. Good.

>> After reading the man page for login(1), I found that my exact error message is addressed. The reason according to the man page is:
"You are not on the authorized user list for the terminal


Ah, that text is in a section described with:
"If you have enhanced security installed ..."

So you'll also need to deal with the ttys file.
Here is an online man page for that:
http://btrcx1.cip.uni-bayreuth.de/cgi-bin/manpages/ttys/4


Also, did you check this earlier topic?

http://forums1.itrc.hp.com/service/forums/questionanswer.do?threadId=1057838


hth,
Hein van den Heuvel
Heathe Kyle Yeakley
Occasional Contributor

Re: Not authorized for terminal access -- see System Administrator

Fixed.

My problem was that my entry in /etc/securettys was:

hostname.network.tld:0.0

When I log in as my non-root user and run 'who', I see my source connection just listed as:

hostname

So I changed the entry in /etc/securettys to:

hostname:0.0

That still didn't work. I tried dropping the '.0'. So, now my entry looks like:
hostname:0

Now I am able to login just fine.

Thanks for your help!
Heathe Kyle Yeakley
Occasional Contributor

Re: Not authorized for terminal access -- see System Administrator

Fixed.

My problem was that my entry in /etc/securettys was:

hostname.network.tld:0.0

When I log in as my non-root user and run 'who', I see my source connection just listed as:

hostname

So I changed the entry in /etc/securettys to:

hostname:0.0

That still didn't work. I tried dropping the '.0'. So, now my entry looks like:
hostname:0

Now I am able to login just fine.

Thanks for your help!