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lemon09 08-17-2009 05:50 AM

root password changed
 
Last night i had an unusual problem with my fedora 10 machine.
It was openSolaris 9 that i downloaded from the official website. It was after the download that i wanted to close the internet connection and i found that everytime i gave my root password the authentication failed.

i tried restarting the system and it was the same story again. i was even more surprise to find that another user named "Oracle" was created and i don't even know about it.

i was wondering if that user could have changed the root password but then again HOW????

i had to reload fedora again in order to get things right.

can anybody please help me to find out what actually happened.

centosboy 08-17-2009 05:56 AM

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Originally Posted by lemon09 (Post 3646288)
Last night i had an unusual problem with my fedora 10 machine.
It was openSolaris 9 that i downloaded from the official website. It was after the download that i wanted to close the internet connection and i found that everytime i gave my root password the authentication failed.

i tried restarting the system and it was the same story again. i was even more surprise to find that another user named "Oracle" was created and i don't even know about it.

i was wondering if that user could have changed the root password but then again HOW????

i had to reload fedora again in order to get things right.

can anybody please help me to find out what actually happened.

You will want to start by checking logs.
Now that you have 'restored' fedora, i assume you mean re-installed? So might be a bit hard for you to find out what really happened...
I suggest installing some IDS from now on.

lemon09 08-17-2009 06:01 AM

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Originally Posted by centosboy (Post 3646294)
I suggest installing some IDS from now on.

now i really dont get you. can you be more specific with these "IDS".

is the problem a common problem?

prayag_pjs 08-17-2009 06:03 AM

i think you forgot the root password try to reset it....

lemon09 08-17-2009 06:12 AM

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Originally Posted by prayag_pjs (Post 3646301)
i think you forgot the root password try to reset it....

Now please don't be silly..
Had i forgotten the password how could i have started the net connection.
And i have been using the same password for all the protected systems that i use(i mean the system in my college or even my mobile device)..

how could i forget the password????

and even that be so waht about the new user.

EricTRA 08-17-2009 06:16 AM

Hello,

Can you specify what you mean by 'reload' Fedora? Is it a virtual server and did you revert to a previous image? If so, then you'll have lost your logs which are the best place to start looking for some odd things that happened.

Kind regards,

Eric

repo 08-17-2009 06:20 AM

just stating the obvious, is the keyboard layout correct ?

chrism01 08-17-2009 06:42 PM

Well, a wag (wild a** guess) is that, given Oracle has bought Sun, maybe you clicked on download+install(!), not just download....

lemon09 08-18-2009 04:50 AM

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Originally Posted by chrism01 (Post 3647246)
Well, a wag (wild a** guess) is that, given Oracle has bought Sun, maybe you clicked on download+install(!), not just download....

Previously i thought that, but then i remembered i have not opened the official site of oracle reading the line "Oracle has bought Sun" for the past few months.
i opened the file passwd and confirmed it that a separate user named oracle was formed. how could it change the root password???????

i had to reinstall fedora after that. even i remember that the keyboard layout was the same.


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