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Re: Root account desactivated
From: Andreas <andreas () inferno nadir org>
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 18:26:43 +0100

another possibility comes in mind...
if that redhat 9 box isn't fully patched, why not use a 
root exploit to gain privileges. Perhaps the latest mremap bug 
in the kernel is what you are searching for? :-)

nice weekend

On Mar 12, Andreas wrote:
On Mar 11, MARTIN M. BXnoni wrote:
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 

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

Thanks a lot in advance!

If you have physical access to the box, why not boot from a rescue disk
and change the appropriate line in /etc/passwd ?


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