Ubuntu :: OS Started Asking For 'password For Root' Rather Than Sudo
May 29, 2011
when I try to do admin tasks - e.g. setting my wireless connection to "available to all users" or updating a group's settings - it asks for "password for root" rather than asking for my password so it can sudo.I was forced to enable the root password, so I could do anything on my system ( sudo su; passwd; ) but I'd rather keep my root password locked and use sudo if possible.
I was trying to edit a file requiring root permissions, so I used sudo. I typed the root password and it failed. This happened three times, and the process was ended. I then logged in as root (su) and was able to navigate to the file and make changes as root. Am I missing something? How would I edit the sudoers file such that this password would work? Or is there another way to log in to the sudo group to make these changes? How do I set sudo passwords?
When i install or upgrade the system I want to be asked for the root password instead of just the normal password for sudo. The reason for this is that the kids and so on uses my system and know my password. They do not know my root password though. I do not want them to install or mess up my system by pure fumbling, so is this possible to do. A simple change in who runs the updater/install features...
I need to run a command in a terminal, but cannot get root. I can in "Add Software" to install, I know and tried all the passwords I know from the install, but no show.What can I do?I tried sudo password, then typed in the space, no letters appear, but no success.TO "sudo password" after putting is my password, my username comes up and it says I am not in sudoers file.My Laptop has only one user, I know as I tried switching for a test.
We have a couple of clusters that are running Oracle. If you're familiar with Oracle you know that it basically has to be installed as root. Something I detest. anyway, when we are building out the box, we change the root pw and give it to the DBA team to do their installs and configs. When they are done, we change the root pw (and do not give it to them), and configure sudo to allow them the rights needed to manage Oracle and their databases.
Now however, we have a different situation. The DBAs need access to uninstall and reinstall components and make modifications on an ongoing basis. Since we only support OS and hardware, not app, they are requesting permanent root access. I promptly told them no, and the politics ensued. Their manager went to their director, who went to my director, and suddenly an exception is given for his good golfing buddy. So here I am, forced to turn lose DBAs on my clusters with full root access/pw. I need a way to allow specific users (or perhaps a specific user group) the ability to become root WITHOUT sharing the root pw with them.
I upgraded from Super Ubuntu 2008.11 to Ubuntu 10.04.1 online ( my mistake ). Now I can boot into Ubuntu 10.04 with 2 kernel options and a failsafe. However I can only boot as a user ( rejean ) and not as su or sudo. My other problem is that I don't have a gui. I would like to do a Code:sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorgbut there is no password that works.What should I do?
I want to use root password instead of adding my user to the list of sudoers,In Arch wiki ander Root password:Users can configure sudo to ask for the root password instead of the user password by adding "rootpw" to the Defaults line in /etc/sudoers: but that did not work for me. it asks for root password.Why do I want to do that: 1. I want to do that, I like sudo more than su -c 'some_command'. 2. sudo enables bash completion, su -c does not. 3. I don't want to add my user to sudoers list.
I found many users Suggesting alternatives and lowering the important of my need for this, when I asked this question in anther please.
When I run sudo as a normal unprivileged user, it asks for my password, not the root password. That's often convenient, but it reduces the amount of information someone would have to have in order to run commands as root. So how can I make sudo ask for the root password instead of the invoking user's password? I know it'd be done with a line in /etc/sudoers, but I can never seem to properly parse the BNF grammar in the man page to figure out exactly what to write.
Stumped on this one. I'm trying to set up limited sudo authority on a desktop with some sensitive user data, and as an extra precaution I wanted to configure sudo to use a password other than the user's or the root's. I'm not sure how to do this. From the manual, we have a few options, such as "runaspw" or "targetpw", but none seem quite what I'm looking for.For instance, "runaspw" could be used if I created a user for nothing other than sudo(ing) purposes, but it requires you set "runas_default", which means that said user would have to have authority to execute said commands in the first place. This is workable, but seems like a lot of extra configuration for each specific command that I want to run, as well as creating some issues with simply commands such as "shutdown" or "reboot". Also, "targetpw" can be used in conjunction with a sudo(ing)-only user if I set an alias, but, again, this isn't quite what I am looking for.
Ultimately, what I am really concerned about in this situation are keystroke loggers, so I would prefer to avoid repeated entering the user or root password when performing administrative tasks. Also, I would prefer not having to create a sudo(ing)-only user as mentioned above to prevent a comprimised password resulting in an attacker being able to log into my system.
I have just installed Lenny on a Thinkpad R50p. During the install I opted for no root password, using the sudo option instead (I've been used to this on Kubuntu for a long time). After installing, I added KDE 3.5 with apt-get install kde-desktop - all seems to be OK, except that I am unable to add packages or perform tasks for which a root / admin password is needed. It seems that the install-time choice of sudo (shared password) does not propagate to the KDE install, which is still expecting a root password.
how to either enable the KDE desktop to work with this shared password setup, or whether there is a better route to a KDE 3.5 desktop than just installing as I did (I am aware of Trinity KDE 3.5 but the Pearson Computing source is still not up, are those packages available for Lenny anywhere else, and are they recommended?). I can of course rerun the whole install and choose root & user passwords but if there is a smarter solution it would be less of a 'reinstall Windows' type of fix
I've had a very frustrating time the last few months trying to find a KDE4 based desktop that is stable enough and not lacking some basic functions (print manager, for goodness sake), so I have temporarily thrown in the towel and will try a Stable installation that is not changing (breaking) all the time, until KDE4 series gets past this adolescent stage of development and settles down.
I do need to get back to a system I can work on rather than keep on trying different installations!
In Ubuntu 10.04, I logged in as user1 and when I open a new terminal and issue any command it is asking password.user@ubun-laptop:~$ sudo ifconfig[sudo] password for user: It is asking for password only for first time.From the next command onwards it is not asking.Can some one please tell me if it is possible to issue ONLY ONE COMMAND, in which even if the password request comes, it will automatically fill the password.Just like "ps -elf | grep NetworkManager". I am expecting any combination of commands in a single line, so that password is filled automatically IF PASSWORD IS ASKED. If password is not asked, the command must be executed.
I needed to use Synaptic Package Manager to install an app, but the dialog box ("enter the Administrative Password") that pops up before you can use Synaptic doesn't recognize my password ("incorrect password). I tried typing it into a text editor and it's spelled right, caps lock not turned on or anything.
In Terminal, sudo recognizes it, and it is recognized when I log into Ubuntu. I'm the sole user, I have admin privileges, I've been doing admin things.
I just now did System > Administration > Users and Groups and got a dialog box saying
"Failed to contact configuration server; some possible causes are that you need to enable TCP/IP networking for ORBit, or you have stale NFS locks due to a system crash. See [URL] for information. (Details - 1: Server ping error: IDLmg.org/CORBA/COMM_FAILURE:1.0)"
Moving past that, I changed my user password, and Ubuntu authenticated it.
How do you launch Synaptic Package Manager from the command line?
Accidentally I changed the ownership of all the directories under / to my own instead of root:root. Now I am unable to use sudo and many bad things are happening. Is there a way to revert the changes or change the permissions again to root:root or make sudo work ?
I have 2 email accounts set up in Thunderbird - one is gmail and the other was given me by our server admins few years ago. Everything works fine on windows but when I try to send something from the second account (not gmail) in ubuntu it says that password is incorrect. Ive double checked all settings and seems like everything set correct. Now the most interesting part: when I set up this account as root (gksu thunderbird and then do same as I did under my account) everything works perfect.
I found only one thread at this forum with same issue and sure it's not solved [URL]..
I need to kill a process which has been started by user2 if I am user1 without being sudoers or using root.Do you know if there is a way of setting that when launching the process? Such as a list of users allowed to kill the process?
This causes Tomcat to be run as myuser, which is expected. However after issuing the reboot command the system starts up and root is now the owner of this process. How can I force the process to be started off as myuser on reboot?
I m Trying to get vsftpd usergroups to work i accidentally moved a file called passwd from /etc/vsftpd/ to /etc/, resulting in my root access is destroyed! how to restore the passwd file so i can keep working, or do i have to re-install the entire box?
I'm really new to Linux so this will probably sound like a pretty naive question to most users, but how do you change the root password?To install Java, I have to type # su into Terminal,which then asks for the password.What's weird is that when I start typing a password, no characters show up. I don't know if this is supposed to happen or not.I've found a bunch of different sites on the Internet that explain how to change the root password, but none of them seem to work for my specific work station.
I've got Ubuntu 9.10 64 bit. In the GRUB boot menu, I can choose to boot normal or in recovery mode (I'm led to believe older versions don't have this option).I've tried typing # sudo passwrd into Terminal, but I already have a root password set up apparently, so I can't change it there.
I no longer have access to my root desktop. On a session I attempted to change the root username but i apparently assigned it a wrong directory that does not exist. When I rebooted with my new root username, i was instead recognised as a simple user (no root privileges). I tried the console to change to "old" root but root password is not accepted and there is no way to access to sudoer files. it seems that inserting a new username requires root privileges and i am back to square one. Simply logging with old root username and password after restart gives me a blank screen with nothing on it and cannot even reboot.
I installed ubuntu minimal install with xorg, lxde, and lxdm During the manual install, I do remember it asking something about extra encryption on password or something like that which was "highly recommended" and I chose yes, which probably has nothing to do with my problem, which is: Whenever I run something in the terminal with sudo, it just opens without asking for password. What did I do wrong? How might I fix this?
I am an absolute Linux Beginner who is being required to do a bit of admin work because the boss just fired the old linux admin. Unfortunately, one of our employees cannot remember her password to her email account and as such I need to reset it on our linux server.What I want to check is that this email account is actually a linux user account and I simply will reset the password for it using the passwd command from the root login. Is that correct?
A friend of mine has told me to set a root password and use root (f.e. switching to su in terminal and work with root rights instead).Is there any way to unset the root password? I know how to use sudo now.