Assigning ROOT a password

David Fletcher kubuntu-users at
Mon Apr 28 15:30:58 UTC 2008

At 16:09 28/04/2008, you wrote:

>No, it isn't a random password. The hash value for the password is set to
>an invalid value, which can not be generated by any password. Therefore
>the root password really is disabled.

I just looked at the /etc/shadow file for a server that I run. The 
entry for root is identical to those for daemon, bin, sys etc and 
it's just sequences of numerical digits with a '*' character at the 
start, where the hash value is placed in the entry for the one user 
on this system.


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