Bug 212938 - RFE: Firstboot -- Root Password -- Define root password in firstboot instead of Anaconda
RFE: Firstboot -- Root Password -- Define root password in firstboot instead ...
Status: CLOSED NOTABUG
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
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Reported: 2006-10-30 03:37 EST by Gian Paolo Mureddu
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2006-10-30 14:46:27 EST
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Description Gian Paolo Mureddu 2006-10-30 03:37:46 EST
Rationale:

By placing the root password definition in the first boot configuration druid,
makes it easier for systems integrators who'd wish to include Fedora preloaded
into new computers. So the end-user would be able to define a more suitable
password. With the current way of defining the root password, the easiest
solution is to have a generic password like “admin” or some such, which in the
end poses a security risk for end users, as it may never be changed by the user.
Instead, by having the definition (or change) of the root password straight into
the first boot druid, users acknowledge its importance. It would be up to the
seller to include enough documentation and to fully explain the risks of running
the system as root and why it is generally a good idea to run the system as a
less privileged user.
Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2006-10-30 14:46:27 EST
If you're a system integrator, you can set up firstboot to run in "reconfig"
mode when it will ask things like this (as well as language and keyboard).  To
do so, touch /etc/reconfigSys
Comment 2 Gian Paolo Mureddu 2006-10-30 14:58:10 EST
Excellent! So for instance, after doing a bunch of kickstart installations, an
integrator could simply boot into single user mode, and then just touch that
file? Would that work, or is there a more "automatic" way to do that, maybe a
switch in Anaconda?

Thanks for the info!
Comment 3 Chris Lumens 2006-10-30 15:00:52 EST
In your kickstart file:

firstboot --reconfig
Comment 4 Gian Paolo Mureddu 2006-10-30 15:05:45 EST
Very much appreciated! Thank you!

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