Ubuntu / Apple :: Cannot Install Updates - Root User Changed

Apr 16, 2010

Ubunto 8.4, running on 2nd partition on Apple Intel iMac. Several months ago, following a routine update, I found I could no longer install routine updates. Investigating further, I find
"You don't have permissions to..."
then sudo: /etc/sudoers is owned by gid 1002, should be 0.
That's not me! I am the owner and root user of this computer. How could this get changed? How can I change it back to me? The Linux platform of the computer has not been exposed to the net except for Ubuntu forums and updates. No one else has used this computer.

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Ubuntu :: Cannot Login After File Owner Changed From Root To User

Mar 21, 2011

I used to use the root account for everything for more than a year then I moved to a user account for security reasons but almost all files had root as owner so I could not go 5 minutes without having to change to root and then change the owner of a file to my username to make it usable. I got fed up with this so I just changed the owner of every file on the system to my username instead of root.

command chown -R myusername * in the base directory /

Everything was fine until I restarted and the login screen became non functional and I got 2 error messages related to xsession and gnome errors. I think this is because the login screen might have its own user account and it cant access the files for the login process because it is owned by myusername. So my question is what is the user-name of the login account and what folders/files need to have their owner changed so the login process can work? I'm on 10.04 lucid.

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May 5, 2011

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Oct 21, 2010

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Mar 24, 2010

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Jan 27, 2010

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On reboot the root partition does not mount the / partition giving the following error:

Unrecognized mount option "defaults.noatime", or missing value mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/md2.

Through an Ubuntu rescue disk (this is what Hetzner provides) the disk can be mounted without problems.

( I installed a fresh openSUSE 11.2 with a similar configuration and got the same results after the update)

The server is a hosted installation from Hetzner in Germany with just the basics for LAMP setup.

The disk setup is as follows using software raid1:
swap /dev/md0 (/dev/sda1 /dev/sdb1)
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Jun 18, 2010

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Mar 25, 2010

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Jun 10, 2011

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May 10, 2010

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I am a Fedora user and have recently shifted to Debian.I tried to install httperf using the following command as root user:apt-get install httperfbut apt-get cannot locate the package:

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Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree


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Feb 1, 2010

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Jan 10, 2011

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Feb 19, 2010

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May 5, 2010

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Mar 21, 2011

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OpenSUSE Install :: User 'root' Can Read The Content Of The File

Apr 12, 2011

I came across this issue today and it changes everything I know about file permissions in linux. I created the following files in my system :


/tmp> ls -lad /tmp/testperm/
drwx------ 2 sagi users 4096 Apr 12 20:23 /tmp/testperm/
/tmp> ls -lad /tmp/testperm/file.txt
-rw------- 1 sagi users 12 Apr 12 20:23 /tmp/testperm/file.txt


One more thing, as you can see I also set that only the owner of the directory (which is me again) can read and cd (the execute bit) to the directory. how come user 'root' can read the content of the file ?


# id
uid=0(root) gid=0(root) groups=0(root)
# cat /tmp/testperm/file.txt
Hello world


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Apr 17, 2011

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Feb 9, 2011

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I recently installed ubuntu studio 9.10 amd64 on my MBP 5,3 I need an internet connection for updates and to customise my system etc I tried to connect with a wired connection but for some reason I could not configure the ethernet interface. I tried to install the broadcom bcmwl-kernel-source driver by downloading it on another computer and then using a usb stick to transfer it. I had to go through installing several dependencies including dkms and linux-headers-generic. When I finally succeeded the driver showed up in Hardware privers as proprietry but was inactive. Whenever I try to active it I hit 'Activat' I authenticate and the nothing happens. It remains inactive. The wired connection is not readily available to me so it would be great if it was possible to solve this either via a usb or cd.

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Jan 20, 2011

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My question is: how can you protect against this? I see this as a security hole.I understand that the user must have physical access to the computer, but if I want to lock the system down so you cannot easily enter single user mode or the root password cannot be changed.

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