I am running debian 8 with SSSD authentication. The authentication works and ssh works fine. I have copied all libraries etc over to my SSH chrootdirectory and all my applications work except ssh which has the error:

No user exists for uid 721001106

I have ran ltrace to ensure I got all the libraries and files. Next I tried symbolic links to the files where I could.

Ltrace where trace=open

open("/etc/ld.so.cache", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
open("/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libselinux.so.1", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
open("/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libcrypto.so.1.0.0", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
open("/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libdl.so.2", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
open("/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libz.so.1", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
open("/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libresolv.so.2", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
open("/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgssapi_krb5.so.2", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
open("/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
open("/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpcre.so.3", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
open("/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libkrb5.so.3", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
open("/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libk5crypto.so.3", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
open("/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libcom_err.so.2", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
open("/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libkrb5support.so.0", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
open("/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libkeyutils.so.1", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
open("/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpthread.so.0", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
open("/proc/filesystems", O_RDONLY)     = 3
open("/dev/null", O_RDWR)               = 3
open("/etc/nsswitch.conf", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
open("/etc/ld.so.cache", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
open("/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libnss_compat.so.2", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
open("/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libnsl.so.1", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
open("/etc/ld.so.cache", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
open("/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libnss_nis.so.2", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
open("/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libnss_files.so.2", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
open("/etc/passwd", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
open("/etc/ld.so.cache", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
open("/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libnss_sss.so.2", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
open("/var/lib/sss/mc/passwd", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
usage: ssh [-1246AaCfgKkMNnqsTtVvXxYy] [-b bind_address] [-c cipher_spec]
           [-D [bind_address:]port] [-E log_file] [-e escape_char]
           [-F configfile] [-I pkcs11] [-i identity_file]
           [-L [bind_address:]port:host:hostport] [-l login_name] [-m mac_spec]
           [-O ctl_cmd] [-o option] [-p port]
           [-Q cipher | cipher-auth | mac | kex | key]
           [-R [bind_address:]port:host:hostport] [-S ctl_path] [-W host:port]
           [-w local_tun[:remote_tun]] [user@]hostname [command]
+++ exited with 255 +++

When I run id with the user, I get the same UID's etc but the name information is different.

Without Chroot:

uid=721001106(theusername@my.domain.tld) gid=721000513(domain users@my.domain.tld) groups=721000513(domain users@my.domain.tld),721001108(chrootgrp@my.domain.tld)

Within Chroot:

uid=721001106 gid=721000513 groups=721000513,721001108

My questions are, why is this happening and where is it trying to read from and failing.

Oh, also, I did a mount --bind /proc /path/to/jail/proc Still no difference...

Any ideas what to try next?

Many Thanks,


  • Outside of the chroot, how are the users and groups defined? Does it use LDAP, or is everything local? – KevinO Mar 12 at 5:28
  • Hi Kevin, so the users log into the server with SSH which is authenticated against a windows 2012R2 AD server. I've followed a tutorial which essentially uses sss instead of winbind. This all works ok and once logged in the ssh command works as expected. However when running the ssh command from a jailed user, the error occurs above. If I create a local user, and login to the jailed environment, the ssh command works perfectly. It's only with the AD logins. – user2174443 Mar 12 at 10:55

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