root password setting unoffered at install

Chris Malton chrism at
Sun Nov 4 17:00:31 UTC 2007

Ubuntu plays this funny game where *your* password is the root password 
(no matter which user you log in as).

I'm not quite sure how secure that is.  Presumably only as secure as the 
users on that box.


Kent Paul Dolan wrote:
> Hi, new kid on the block here.
> I just installed Ubuntu 7.10 (64 bit desktop version), and I
> was not offered a chance to set the root password during the
> install. Did I miss something, or is the default password for
> root published somewhere? I'm quite nervous about the default
> being left in place, so any help would be appreciated.
> I do know one trick: boot from the installation drive, remove
> the shadow password file, null the password for root in the
> password file, boot again from the hard drive, and go forward
> starting with a null root password, but that seems like more
> work than I should have to do.
> Help?
> xanthian.

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