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chfn -f : permission denied. Is this a bug?

Why doesn't chfn let user's change their full name?

[joey@kite] ~>chfn
Changing the user information for joey
Enter the new value, or press return for the default

Full name is Joey Hess
        Room Number []: 
        Work Phone []: 
        Home Phone []: 
[joey@kite] ~>chfn -f "Joey test Hess"
chfn: Permission denied.

I'm running debian with shadow password added:

||/ Name            Version        Description
ii  shadow-passwd   960810-1       Manage shadow password and group files

#!/usr/bin/perl -pi_______Syntax:_sig.pl_<location-of-netscape-program>_______
BEGIN{if(!$ARGV[0]){$^I=~y/_/ /;print"$^I\n";exit}$^I='.bak'}#       Joey Hess
s/\bnoframes\b/noFrames/g;s/\bframeset\b/frameSet/g#          joey@kite.ml.org
#Remove frames from Netscape forever! <http://kite.ml.org/~joey/framefree.cgi>

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