Re: text-only login is root?
--- On Thu, 10/21/10, Ron Johnson <email@example.com> wrote:
> From: Ron Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: Re: text-only login is root?
> To: "post id" <email@example.com>
> Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Date: Thursday, October 21, 2010, 10:43 PM
> On 10/21/2010 04:49 PM, post id
> > I've set up a minimal system on one of my machines and
> used no
> > login manager -- I login at the prompt and type startx
> to start
> > the graphical session. Now I read a claim that if one
> didn't use
> > a login manager to log in and start X, then one
> was logging in
> > with root privileges.
> If that were so, then such an exploit would have existed
> for 10+ years
> That doesn't appear to be
> true since I
> > don't seem to have root privileges, although when I
> > ctrl-alt-f1 I get a list of messages such as "Restore
> TV PLL,"
> > etc.
> What kind of monitor is plugged into your PC?
It's a laptop LCD.
> > rather than a command prompt.
> If you press enter a couple of times?
The cursor moves down the page, but there's no prompt.
> I don't get that on my other
> > machines running graphical login managers. Do I have a
> > problem here? If so, will just installing a
> lightweight login
> > manager (xdm?) cure it or do I need to change some
> > somewhere? I'd be thankful for advice. Please cc me
> since I'm not
> > currently subscribed to the list.
> Seek truth from facts.