#include <hallo.h> Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña wrote on Tue Apr 30, 2002 um 03:50:27PM: > Culd someone explain why is there a root shell prompt for the > Linux kernel: > > "Press ENTER to obtain a shell" (waits 5 seconds) This is a default for the initrd's linuxrc. You installed one of our official 2.4.x kernels. > This seems something related to the cramfs filesystem (ramdisk) > but I'm not knowledgeable about it. I would like: > > 1.- an explanation on why this is shipped by default (to add it to the > "Securing Debian Manual" Sense? This prompt is good for loading some modules when the autodetection fails, so it is only used in seldom cases. > 2.- someone to step up an explain how to disable this behavior > > IMHO the boot-floppies kernel should not ship with this option enabled We do not. > (whatever this is for). I was quite surprised when I saw this but a user > has just mailed me asking for an answer on why does Debian woody ships Dito. Show me a system with such "problem" after a fresh installation. > Javi > ("Securing Debian Manual" editor/author FYI) Security, soso. Well, since this rescue environment has an executable shell with root permissions, it _may_ be a security hole, since you can damage partitions easily, for example. To disable this shell, edit /etc/mkinitrd/mkinitrd.conf and set DELAY=0. Then recreate the initrd image (dpkg-reconfigure kernel-image-2.4.x-yz). Gruss/Regards, Eduard. -- We are the OE of Borg. You will be quoted awfully. Sigtrenner is futile.
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