A way to mess up recovery mode logins! Comments please?
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Sat Jan 14 00:13:26 UTC 2006
neil woolford wrote:
> First of all, follow the instructions on the RootSudo wiki page to
> temporarily set a root password, then follow the instructions to disable
> that password.
> sudo passwd root
> sudo passwd -l root
> Now try rebooting into recovery mode. You will be asked for a root
> password, but even if you give it, you won't be able to log in as it has
> been disabled and the root account is now locked. (Time to break out
> the Damn Small Linux disc when it happened to me!)
> Why does this happen?
Because you've disabled root.
> Unless others can see a reason not to do so, I intend to add this
> information to the wiki. I'm also considering a bug report as it
> *might* be worth amending the patch to the recovery mode boot, to allow
> the same behaviour for a locked root password as currently exists for a
> null one.
I'm all in favor of adding it to the wiki, but really if you disable root,
don't you want it disabled? I don't consider this a bug.
I really think you'll find exactly the same thing happens in Debian if you
use a null password instead of a locked one.
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