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FW: Root account desactivated
From: Jimmy Godbout <jgodbout () videotron ca>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 19:43:52 -0500

Hi,

Have you tried to use the rescue feature of RH to boot the machine and then
change the line to the right value ?

Regards,

-----Original Message-----
From: MARTIN M. Benoni [mailto:benoni_martin () hotmail com]
Sent: March 11, 2004 09:48
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Root account desactivated


Hi community!

I have a really stupid trouble: on a Redhat 9.0, the line matching the root
account in the file /etc/passwd has been changed from ".../bin/bash" to
".../sbin/nologin". We have the root password, but when performing a "su"
command, the system replies that the account is not currently available.

So the question is: how from an user's account and knowing the root's
password but having the root account disabled can we reactivate this root's
account?

Any suggestion would be appreciated, I do not want to reinstall the box :(

Thanks a lot in advance!

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