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Old 01-09-2013, 12:22 PM   #1
charliebird
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changed permissions of /etc directory


Hi,
Don't ask why but I changed the permissions on the entire /etc directory. This now means that no one (not even root) can access the server. I have tried using a Live CD but when I do so, I am not able to mount the hard drive to change the permissions. (not sure what they should be changed to even?)
Any advice on a solution is much appreciated.

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Old 01-09-2013, 12:50 PM   #2
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Try to use Knoppix!
 
Old 01-09-2013, 09:26 PM   #3
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To build on what Luiz_andrade said, Knoppix is a Live CD that can be used for maintenance and rescue.

The idea is to boot to the CD, mount the hard disk, chroot the root directory of the hard disk, then fix the permissions issue.

You can find Knoppix here. If you already have a CD of something that will allow you to boot to a live session, you can use that.
 
Old 01-09-2013, 09:47 PM   #4
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Hi,
Don't ask why
Hey where is the fun in that?

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I am not able to mount the hard drive to change the permissions.
What exactly does that mean? Which error messages do you get?

Do you have a backup of the server, so that you can restore the directory?
 
Old 01-10-2013, 02:41 AM   #5
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Which distro is this? rpm based systems can use http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/reset-...ermission.html to fix that kind of issue.
 
  


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