[Linux-aus] Root Password Readable in Clear Text with Ubuntu

Jeff Waugh jdub at perkypants.org
Tue Mar 14 07:36:02 UTC 2006

<quote who="Dale">

> I thought this was worth a mention for people that use Ubuntu Breezy
> http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/03/13/0525254&from=rss

Note that the article title was totally wrong. There is no root password set
on Ubuntu, so it's definitely not the root password that is stored. However,
it is the first user's password that is only sometimes stored in the install
log, and the first user on Ubuntu systems has full sudo rights.

There's a good explanation of the bug from Colin Watson here:


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