[RFC PATCH] use sulogin in single-user mode

Matthew Miller mattdm at mattdm.org
Mon Feb 1 20:19:09 UTC 2010

On Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 06:47:38PM +0100, Dominik 'Rathann' Mierzejewski wrote:
> Well, I understand the problem that this patch is addressing.
> However, the ability to get root shell on runlevel 1 without
> root password has always been a time saver when you forgot it
> or couldn't contact the previous admin. It saved me from:
> * booting from a livecd (assuming it had a cd drive)
> * booting from PXE (assuming it had a PXE-capable eth)
> * taking out the root drive and mounting it in a different
>   machine

One of those actions seems totally reasonable to require for a forgotten
root password.

Matthew Miller <mattdm at mattdm.org>
Senior Systems Architect -- Instructional & Research Computing Services
Computing & Information Technology 
Harvard School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

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