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Re: root in FC 10

On Saturday 06 December 2008, Fred Silsbee wrote:
>--- On Sat, 12/6/08, Todd Zullinger <tmz pobox com> wrote:
>> From: Todd Zullinger <tmz pobox com>
>> Subject: Re: root in FC 10
>> To: fedora-list redhat com
>> Date: Saturday, December 6, 2008, 12:04 AM
>> Gene Heskett wrote:
>> >>Disabling root login is a common security practice.
>> Sounds like it's
>> >>been disabled by default in F10. That's got to
>> be a good thing.
>> > Apparently so, but then the install doesn't add
>> the one user it asks
>> > you to define to the sudoers file, and to fix that
>> requires a reboot
>> > to single mode.
>> No it doesn't.  You run "su -c visudo" and
>> add the user you want.

And I'll repeat myself one more time here folks, it asked for the root passwd 
when I tried that, but no root passwd had been set during the install.  The 
only user defined had a passwd ok, but the error message when I was that 
user, and used that users passwd was "not in sudoers file, permission 

I tried to use as few multiple syllable words as I could, so I hope I have 
made myself clear as there seems to be a general and widespread air of 
disbelief here.

That was not the command I issued that spit that back at me, but I don't think 
the command is germain to this discussion.  In fact it was my attempt to vim 
ifcfg-eth0 to fix the networking that wasn't that brought this to my 
attention.  I couldn't save the changes as the only user, and sudo denied the 
only user because there weas no entry in the sudoers file for that user.  
Ergo there was no way I could effect the required config changes without 
rebooting to single mode.

Maybe there is a better, more "politicaly correct" way to do it, but a reboot 
to single mode has been my preferred choice since I installed RedHat 5.0 a 
decade plus back up the log.  I *know* that works.

Now, is that clear enough to convince "Houston" that we have a problem?

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>disabling root access is what the root password is for
>I've been logging into root for 11.5 tears on Linux alone without problems
>It is dumb to make it impossible for everybody.
>I understand this disablement can be removed by doing something in pam.d or
> whatever it is.

Cheers, Gene
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