Commit 3f377c51 authored by Simon McVittie's avatar Simon McVittie

userdb: Respect $HOME for the home directory of our own uid

This lets cooperating processes with the same value of $HOME
interoperate for DBUS_COOKIE_SHA1 by reading and writing $HOME, even
if their $HOME differs from the uid's "official" home directory
according to getpwuid(). Out of paranoia, we only do this if the uid
and the euid are equal, since if they were unequal the correct thing
to do would be ambiguous.

In particular, Debian autobuilders run as a user whose "official"
home directory in /etc/passwd is "/nonexistent", as a mechanism to
detect non-deterministic build processes that rely on the contents of
the home directory. Until now, this meant we couldn't run dbus'
build-time tests, because every test that used DBUS_COOKIE_SHA1 would
fail in this environment.

In the tests, set HOME as well as DBUS_TEST_HOMEDIR. We keep
DBUS_TEST_HOMEDIR too, because Windows doesn't use HOME, only HOMEDRIVE

Bug-Debian: default avatarSimon McVittie <>
Reviewed-by: Philip Withnall's avatarPhilip Withnall <>
parent 94f6c651
......@@ -4253,7 +4253,8 @@ _dbus_append_keyring_directory_for_credentials (DBusString *directory,
static dbus_bool_t already_warned = FALSE;
if (!already_warned)
_dbus_warn ("Using your real home directory for testing, set DBUS_TEST_HOMEDIR to avoid");
_dbus_warn ("Using %s for testing, set DBUS_TEST_HOMEDIR to avoid",
_dbus_string_get_const_data (&homedir));
already_warned = TRUE;
......@@ -464,6 +464,16 @@ _dbus_homedir_from_uid (dbus_uid_t uid,
DBusUserDatabase *db;
const DBusUserInfo *info;
if (uid == _dbus_getuid () && uid == _dbus_geteuid ())
const char *from_environment;
from_environment = _dbus_getenv ("HOME");
if (from_environment != NULL)
return _dbus_string_append (homedir, from_environment);
/* FIXME: this can't distinguish ENOMEM from other errors */
if (!_dbus_user_database_lock_system ())
return FALSE;
......@@ -246,6 +246,7 @@ installcheck_environment = \
export DBUS_TEST_HOMEDIR=@abs_top_builddir@/dbus; \
export DBUS_TEST_DATADIR=$(DESTDIR)$(datadir); \
export HOME=@abs_top_builddir@/dbus; \
# Tests in bus/config-parser.c rely on these specific values for XDG_* and
......@@ -267,6 +268,7 @@ AM_TESTS_ENVIRONMENT = \
export DBUS_TEST_EXEC=@abs_top_builddir@/test; \
export DBUS_TEST_HOMEDIR=@abs_top_builddir@/dbus; \
export HOME=@abs_top_builddir@/dbus; \
manual_authz_SOURCES = manual-authz.c
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