Being root

Smoot Carl-Mitchell smoot at
Wed Jun 24 16:49:17 UTC 2009

On Wed, 2009-06-24 at 10:47 -0500, Mark Nichols wrote:

> If my memory is correct, the root password when you install Ubuntu 
> starts with an unprintable character, making it impossible for you to 
> enter at a password prompt. This effectively "locks" the password. So, 
> yes, it is encrypted, but in such a fashion as to make using it impossible.

It is not unprintable, the hash sequence is simply not in the correct
format.  Putting something like '!' in the password field will
effectively lock the account.  Take a peek at /etc/shadow sometime.
Smoot Carl-Mitchell
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