chodgins at cis.strath.ac.uk
Thu Feb 3 15:20:28 PST 2005
> On Thu, 3 Feb 2005 14:43:39 +0100
> Gert Cuykens <gert.cuykens at gmail.com> wrote:
>>On Thu, 3 Feb 2005 00:32:23 -0800, Ted Mittelstaedt
>><tedm at toybox.placo.com> wrote:
>>>While all of this is very interesting academic, if user Gert is dumb
>>>enough to leave the console of his UNIX system accessible then user
>>>Ted can come along and power cycle it into single user mode and wipe
>>>his disks whether he has the root password or not.
> While i quite agree with Ted's encouraging Gert to run X as joe user,
> rather than root (for a variety of security related reasons) it is a
> trivial matter implement a password requirement for boot -s. This way,
> even if a user can boot -s, they *must* have the root passwd.
> This implementation does mean, however, that you should not forget the
> root passwd, for if you do forget, you will not be able to reset it
> via boot -s and passwd.
> # If console is marked "insecure", then init will ask for the root
> # password when going to single-user mode.
> console none unknown off insecure
> my 2 cents CAD for the day.
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If you have local access to a machine, you can easily get
access...password or not.
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