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Date:      Fri, 17 Apr 1998 15:02:40 -0700 (PDT)
From:      Doug White <>
To:        "Ian O'Friel" <>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: Potential Problem....
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <000101bd6a49$44e5a720$41f14ac2@metallica>

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On Fri, 17 Apr 1998, Ian O'Friel wrote:

> I am setting up a system for friends and family to dial-up my PC running
> FreeBSD 2.2.5. The machine has Advanced power Management so I edited rc.conf
> so that the APM line read "YES" instead of "NO" but I mistakenly pur in "YES
> with only one speech mark. I had set my machine up with several groups and
> lots of users... but I found that after rebooting this problem caused an
> error in the startup procedure and automatically logged in as root. I think
> this could be a pontential problem if someone got access to the rc.conf file
> diliberately removed a few characters and rebooted the would be logged in as
> root which would allow them to create hell......
> Any comments ?

Actually, this is intentional.  You were dropped to `single user mode',
which activates only the console with root privs so you can fix what's
broken.  You can access this mode on bootup by typing `-s' at the Boot:
prompt or by running `shutdown now'.  If you ran the commands:

mount -u /
mount -a

you could then edit rc.conf to fix your blunder, then `exit' the shell to
continue booting.

If you require security with your system, make sure the system and the
console are locked up in a secure place.  This way people can't bypass
your password mechanisms without breaking into the room.

Doug White                              | University of Oregon  
Internet:    | Residence Networking Assistant    | Computer Science Major

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