Lock Screen as root

Roberto Ragusa mail at robertoragusa.it
Fri May 26 13:01:26 UTC 2006

Erik Hemdal wrote:

> On the gnome-list, a posting noted that one can bypass the screensaver
> anyway with CTRL-ALT-F1, so logging in as root is dangerous.  But I
> tried this, and while I can bypass the screensaver, I still must log in
> to my virtual terminals.  So no loss of security.

If root did a graphical login, you're right.

But if root has started the X session with "startx" in one of the virtual
terminal, you can go to that virtual terminal, do a Ctrl-C (killing X)
and get a root shell.

Best regards.
   Roberto Ragusa    mail at robertoragusa.it

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