Assigning ROOT a password

Nils Kassube kassube at
Tue Apr 29 05:46:36 UTC 2008

Larry Hartman wrote:
> This works until one considers accessing the system in failsafe mode,
> which appears to have root access w/o password.  So in failsafe mode
> root account is enabled?  

The root account is always enabled but login for root is disabled. In 
failsafe mode you don't login but you get a root shell without login, 
just like you can get a root shell with the command "sudo -i".

> Could someone remotely reboot system and go 
> into failsafe from that remote location?

No, you don't have remote access to the keyboard to a) select fail safe 
mode and b) enter commands via the keyboard in your root shell.


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