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Old 06-05-2001, 12:02 AM   #1
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I`ve some how changed Root Permissions to not allow Root to login to into Mandrake. I get a an invalid login prompt after attemping to login at the prompt. I know the password is ok, because I login as a regular user and launch linuxconf, and the root password works and lets me into Linux Configuration. I can also setup X-windows to start up on automatically and I can login as root from X-windows login prompt, but not from the regular terminal login.

I was changing permissions in X-windows on some folders (don`t remember which ones?) for security reasons (they were
public folders).

My only alternitive is to re-install Mandrake Linux since I
can`t fix this problem. Any help will be appreciated.

Old 06-05-2001, 12:42 AM   #2
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Do you mean root login from remote or from the local tty? Most good distros will disable 'root login from remote' and for good reason.
Old 06-06-2001, 12:39 PM   #3
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What is your security setting at? Mine is set so that user: "root" cannot login, however I can su to root at anytime. Try this, open a terminal window, give the su command and enter the root password. If it allows you to login this way, your root password is ok. Logging in as root this way, puts an entry in your logs each time it occurs, this allows you to see who is logging in as root, from where it took place and at what time and date.
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Local TTY

I know the password still works, but at the local TTY login I can't login as root, only as a user.

But if set x-windows to start-up automatically, I can login as root from its login prompt. But I don't want x-windows to startup automatically
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look at the file /etc/securetty, if its empty add a line with the contents "tty1" (w/o quotes).
"man securetty" for more.


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