Bug 1205 - root level access from lilo w/o root p/wd
Summary: root level access from lilo w/o root p/wd
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: lilo
Version: 5.2
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: David Lawrence
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Reported: 1999-02-16 17:06 UTC by csmiller
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-03-22 23:33:03 UTC

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Description csmiller 1999-02-16 17:06:08 UTC
If you enter
linux -s
at lilo's boot: prompt you gain single-user root access
without needing root's (or anyone's) password.
From here you can do almost anything you want.

This prob. has already been reported, but I couldn't find
it in bugzilla.

Colin S. Miller

Comment 1 iwade 1999-02-28 01:58:59 UTC
that's a usefull thing to use if you forget your password, if you want
to disable it all you have to do is read the man-pages on lilo.conf

there is an option called 'restricted' which forces lilo to verify the
specified password if there is ANY commandline used at the LILO

Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 1999-03-22 23:33:59 UTC
that's a feature of lilo. If you have physical access
to the machine, you can do other things anyways...
(linux init=/bin/bash, and the like). You can
put a password on lilo if you need to.

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