Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 854512
root has a password on Live
Last modified: 2012-09-05 13:25:28 EDT
Description of problem:
In Fedora 17 and prior, root had no password set on LiveCDs, therefore you could easily do "su -" from liveuser account and get access to the whole system. But with F18 Alpha TC5 Live GNOME, "su -" asks for root password. That invalidates the point of LiveCD, where you need root to perform some actions (like system rescues, problem debugging, etc).
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
F18 Alpha TC5 Live GNOME i686
Steps to Reproduce:
1. su -
2. password is asked
I propose this for discussion as Alpha blocker.
Rationale: Public Alpha release is used for wide testing. A lot of people report various problems. It will be impossible to e.g. attach important log files (/var/log/messages) without root access. These media are also used for Test Days, that sometimes require user to use yum or other root-only commands.
root password removal is handled by the spin kickstart.
Yeah, in the nightly composes I do see:
DEBUG util.py:257: Removing password for user root.
DEBUG util.py:257: passwd: Success
So, not sure what would have caused this.
Can you see what /etc/shadow and /etc/passwd have for root?
Interesting note - TC5 KDE composes don't have root password.
Discussed at 2012-09-05 blocker review meeting. Rejected as a blocker, as akshayvyas said this worked fine in his testing, and Kamil re-tested and found it worked. kamil will test more extensively to see if this is specific to a system or an arch or only occurs periodically, but for now, it's rejected as a blocker.
I don't know how it is possible, but I can't reproduce it anymore. Is this matrix? Am I real?
Sorry for confusion:
I'll reopen if I see it again.