Locked out of Root

mdh mdh_lists at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 23 07:51:54 PDT 2008

--- On Thu, 10/23/08, Lowell Gilbert <freebsd-questions-local at be-well.ilk.org> wrote:
> From: Lowell Gilbert <freebsd-questions-local at be-well.ilk.org>
> Subject: Re: Locked out of Root
> To: "APseudoUtopia" <apseudoutopia at gmail.com>
> Cc: freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
> Date: Thursday, October 23, 2008, 7:44 AM
> APseudoUtopia <apseudoutopia at gmail.com> writes:
> > I have one user (other than root and the other system
> users) on my
> > box, and that user is _NOT_ in the wheel group. I also
> have root
> > logins disabled via SSH. This is a remote server and
> all I have is SSH
> > access.
> >
> > Is there any way that I can gain root? I know the root
> password and
> > everything, but I just can't get to it. The user
> is not in the wheel
> > group, and root login is disabled in SSH.
> >
> > Thanks for any help/advice.
> You'll need to reboot in single-user mode.
> E.g.,
> http://be-well.ilk.org/FreeBSD/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/faq/admin.html#SU-WHEEL-GROUP

If he can get to the system console, why would he need to bother booting to single user mode?  He said he has the root password.  He should just be able to login normally, if he can get to the system console.  
- mdh


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