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Colin Watson cjwatson at canonical.com
Tue Sep 21 11:31:40 UTC 2004

On Tue, Sep 21, 2004 at 11:46:37AM +0800, John wrote:
> Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> >On Mon, Sep 20, 2004 at 03:53:48PM +0800, John wrote:
> >>ps Has anyone tried booting to single-user mode? I think I saw a fly in 
> >>that ointment a while ago.
> >
> >Yes, many times.  If you're wondering about the root password, yes,
> >we fixed that at the same time that we made the sudo decision.
> This mail is getting too much:-(
> What bothered me is I saw a mentiion of sulogin. Since I've been 
> configuring the occasional system w/o root login for some time, I tend 
> to notice sulogin.
> I'f long felt the idea of sulogin by default is flawed, it's so easoly 
> bypassed it seems pointless. Except maybe on S/390, and arches I've not 
> seen.

Indeed, because it's pointless (you can just boot with init=/bin/sh if
you have that kind of access) we had few qualms about changing sulogin
so that it fails open if the root password is disabled.


Colin Watson                                    [cjwatson at canonical.com]

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