rationale of root access from boot

Nicolas Deschildre ndeschildre at gmail.com
Sun Nov 4 03:20:34 UTC 2007


I was wondering about the rationale of allowing anyone to easily boot
root (by adding the 'single' parameter to the kernel command line with

While I can understand it on a server, which must be physically
protected to be really secure, IMO it is pretty bad on workstations.

I know that with some knowledge and perseverance, one can anyway get
root access (Live CD, or if BIOS locked or no CD drive, open the box,
take the drive), but here, with the 'single' parameter, it is an easy
and discrete open door *out of the box*. IMO this is pretty bad


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