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Re: Why is there a prompt for a root shell when the default linux kernel boots?



On Tue, Apr 30, 2002 at 07:31:02PM -0400, Michael Stone wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 30, 2002 at 03:23:06PM -0600, Erik Andersen wrote:
> > It is there as part of the installer to make like easier
> > for those wishing to do things that the installer does not
> > support by default.  It has nothing whatsoever to do with
> > cramfs or the kernel.
> 
> you're just wrong. the 2.4 kernel images have a feature to drop to a
> prompt at boot time. this will come up at every boot. i question the
> utility of this feature, because there's not much you can do from this
> shell, but it's much to late to change at this point. it is worth
> documenting.
> 
	It's documented (now) in the "Securing Debian Manual" (in CVS, the
online pages have not been yet updated). However, IMHO it does not take
that long to fix the kernel-image-2.4 packages by removing this issue. Not
know about the kernel used after installation, though.

	Javi

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