Bug 5155 - entering "linux 1" at the LILO prompt goves a root bash prompt.
entering "linux 1" at the LILO prompt goves a root bash prompt.
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: initscripts (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: David Lawrence
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Reported: 1999-09-15 10:23 EDT by cambron
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-09-15 13:04:10 EDT
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Description cambron 1999-09-15 10:23:23 EDT
I entered "linux 1" at the LILO prompt and the system came
up with a bash: prompt for the root user.

I see this as a security issue since this means that any
"linux" system needs physical security.  Anyone can break in
without any tools just by forceing a reboot.

Run level 1 should request a password and the procedure for
getting back a root password should require the "rescue"


Ernst W Cambron
Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 1999-09-15 13:04:59 EDT
Typing linux init=/bin/bash will do the same thing ; if it
bothers you, password protect lilo.

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