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NVIDIA Linux Driver Hack Gives You Root Access?

Launchpad bug link: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nvidia-graphics-drivers-updates/+bug/1032344 Apparently there is a security vulnerability with the current Nvidia Drivers that gives the ...
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what happens if all users are set as standard while root password not set

I don't dare to do as in the title. So I set root password first with sudo passwd root, and then I change all other users to be standard user, none administrator, so no user can sudo. If I want to set ...
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Skype only logs in as root

I just installed Skype on my Ubuntu 12.04 again and somehow I can only login if I start Skype via root (sudo skype) in the terminal. If I try otherwise via dash or just "skype" without sudo permission ...
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Lost my root access and unable to install any software or any other priviliged operations

I have been using Precise Pangolin and I am into a problem now :( I was trying to add my current user to the group vboxusers.. So I used the command, sudo usermod -G vboxusers myusername And it ...
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Issues while running pulseaudio as a not-root user

If I run pulseaudio as a nonroot user (for example mpd starts it with user "mpd" or I start it with my user), random noises arises when I try to start or pause, change the volumes, or switching tracks....
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Lost control of root account, Ubuntu Server 11.10

after I created a group, and put the root account in it, I lost control of it and now it's not root anymore. Also I can't login with "root". How can I revert this? Now there is no way I can use sudo ...
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How to run Bash script as root with no password? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I use sudo in my script without needing a password? I want to run a bash script as root with no password prompt. I tried visudo with no luck(your_username ALL=(ALL) ...
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Terminal shows root@homeserver when logging in with user

I have an Ubuntu Server 12.04 running on a Dell D620 Machine called "homeserver". Everytime i log into the SSH with the user homeserver (yes same name as machine) the terminal shows root@homeserver. ...
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Why the need for sudo when I have only one account on machine? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is it bad to run as root? I am bit confused about the need for sudo when I have a single user account set up on my machine. At install time I tried to call the name of ...
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Tracking weird root tty behavior

I randomly ran the finger command on my machine and these two lines came up in addition to my own user (the machine is fully mine): root root *pZ� Jul 5 15:25 (:0.0) root ...
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Path missing when use as root

I'm running jsunpack.py, after installing all dependencies and setting the correct path, I decided to test it. I run it as python jsunpack.py test.htm and it works fine, now when I try to sudo it I ...
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I cannot start graphical apps as root

I used to be able to do so, but something as simple as this fails now: gksudo gedit and this also fails: sudo gedit I receive the error: Cannot open display. I haved checked this: ....
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How do I set persistent environment variables for root?

To create persistent environment variables, I add the script file to /etc/profile.d directory, for example: # my script export MY_VAR=var_value This works properly for current user: alex@alex-64:...
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Must I enable the root account to install Matlab?

I'm trying to install Matlab R20112a on Ubuntu. My problem is: I get access to the installation gui running ./install from a terminal, but the installer fails when it tries to write on the folder /...
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Cannot use sudo command, changed permission of /usr folder [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to get back SUDO into working condition? Here's how I messed up my ubuntu, I wanted to change file permissions of /usr folder and I did that by taking root privilege ...
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rsync problems and security concerns

Hi I am attempting to use rsync to copy files between two linux servers. both on 10.04.4 I have set up the ssh and a script running under a cron job. this is the message i get back from the cron ...
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I enabled the root account by mistake, how do I disable it?

I wanted to change my own password, but instead of using sudo passwd myuser, I used sudo passwd by mistake, and so I set the password for root. Does that mean that my root account is enabled now? I ...
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Root tasks using dbus and policykit

At some point my application needs to do administrative tasks like creating a file in /etc or running commands with root priveleges. I know just could do a Q&D: os.popen("pkexec foo bar") But ...
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authentication problem at Ubuntu 12.04

I get this error when I try to authenticate using Gnome GUI. I have NO authentication problem when I use terminal. It is suggested here that I need to do sudo chown -R myusername:myusername /home/...
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Ubuntu 12.04 - After release-upgrade from 11.10 - no more root login?

Question: I did do-release-upgrade on Ubuntu 11.10. Now, I have Ubuntu 12.04, and I can login as a normal user, but not as root. On 11.10, I could login as root without problem. I checked on the ...
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Why does Software Centre ask for root password when the default is for root to be disabled with no password set?

This seems odd to me. I can't install software using the "friendly" GUI tool unless I input the root password but by default, my Ubuntu 12.04 has root disabled with no password set. Why doesn't ...
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How do I set the root password so I can use su instead of sudo? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to know my root password? Instead of letting you set a password for root during install Ubuntu set it to * for no password and disables the actual account login, ...
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Why does my computer specify me as “Not the owner”?

Every time I want to paste or add a file to the root folder it says i'm not the owner and I don't have the privlidges of putting it there. It makes me really mad.
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Configuring permissions with Bastille

I was using Bastille to improve the security of my OS. To set this software properly, it ask you several questions related to security rules and you respond it (Y-N). I'm stuck at this question that I ...
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I just recursively chmod'd everything under / to 750. Any tips?

I won't be the first and I won't be the last, I suppose. While playing around with the find command, I made a whoops and it would appear that instead of changing the permissions of the ~/web directory ...
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Root directory of the kernel

A newbie here. I am trying to set up Eclipse for Linux Kernel Programming. The guide says set the project location as the root directory of the kernel. Where's the root directory of the kernel now? ...
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Run Bash Script as Root

Is there some way I can run a Bash script as root without being prompted for a password every time? I'm attempting to automate the process of starting my LAMPP install, which requires me running a ...
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accidently blocked access to sudoers.d whilst trying to change ushare config

Basically was trying to change the ushare config and needed permissions for some reason so, I changed with sudo -i and in the process did somthing and now I can't access superuser to change any of the ...
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Adobe Air workaround for Pandora not working

I was trying this symbolic link approach because of the problem described here: http://askubuntu.com/a/120221/70462 After I made the symlink, the installation proceeded further than before, but it ...
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“You are not the owner…” message when trying to access folder

In the properties menu of this folder the permission is set to "root" user and group, it shows the message "you are not the owner, so you cannot change these permissions." I am indeed the owner and ...
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Deactivated my Systemadministrator whil i was loged in as standard-user so I can't reactivate it because of the deactivated administrator-password [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I reset a lost Administrative (root) password? (My distribution is Ubuntu 12.04) because of the advice to deactivate the Root-User in reasons for safty etc. I did ...
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Execute sudo without Password?

Inspired by this question.... I am the sole person using my system with 12.04. Every time I issue a sudo command; the system asks for the user password (which is good in its own way). However I was ...
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Want entry as root at login screen to do backups via deja-dup gui [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I open Deja Dup as root? I want to use the deja-dup gui to backup (the one with the black safe icon). I prefer to do this as root user, not as a normal user. When ...
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Strange thing happening in command prompt

I'm using Ubuntu in command line mode, no GUI. I'm new to UNIX, so I'm a bit confused by something that just happened. I accidentally typed "suspend" instead of "pm-suspend", and my root~#: prompt ...
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I can't su as root, my account type is admin BUT am I root? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: su command + authentication failure i installed ubuntu successfully, but then i tried "su" on terminal and entered my password, authentication failed! and I don't think ...
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How to run a .run file as root?

I downloaded a .run file for a Nvidia driver, but when I run it in the terminal it tells me it must be run as root. I'm a complete noob and I barely even know what root is. I think it's somewhere ...
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How to hide files and folders in Nautilus?

I want to hide, most of the folders in root (/) using Nautilus. Probably the only folders in / I want shown are /home and /tmp. In addition to hiding folders, I also want to hide two files: initrd....
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Environment variables in motd not working

I’m trying to send user login logs to my email with the users name and location. After making the script I found that environment variables can’t run in this script, I’m hoping that someone out there ...
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Re-enable graphical root-login on 12.04 LTS

On Ubuntu 11.10, I enabled the graphical login as root by (at least I think so) running sudo passwd After upgrading to 12.04 LTS, the graphical option has gone, while su in the Terminal is still ...
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Firefox deletes root protected files?

When Firefox starts, it creates two files in the user settings directory: places.sqlite-shm and places.sqlite-wal and deletes them upon exit. Just for the experiment, I set the permissions of those ...
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How can I automate a root command after (not during) startup?

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, but I need to run the following command: sudo dhclient after startup to acquire a stable ethernet connection. I am running dhclient during startup already, through the /...
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how to shutdown a linux machine, including the root password, in 1 line?

How do you include the root password, say for shutting down an ubuntu machine? like, sudo shutdown now is it possible to include the password on this 1 line? like an extra parameter? reason for ...
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Allow “root” program to run without privileges

I've changed my ctrl-alt-l shortcut so instead of just locking the screen, the system goes into suspend. (for reference, the command is gksudo pm-suspend-hybrid) as you can see, the program needs to ...
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What are the benefits of sudo over su?

What is the actual benefit that Ubuntu (or Debian derivatives) achieve by disabling root user? Everywhere I read, it says to prevent unintentional damages for inexperienced users. I want to know what ...
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Why do i have to be root to run the command ifconfig?

I've recently switched from Ubuntu 10.04 LTS to 12.04 LTS, and one of the changes i have noticed is that when i try to run the command ifconfig (for example to view my own ip), i get the following ...
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How do I allow non-root access to /ttyUSB0 on 12.04?

Since I updated from 10.04 to 12.04, I am unable to access the device connected in /ttyUSB0 if I don't have root access. To be more specific, I use a usb-to-serial com port converter to access and ...
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How do I open Deja Dup as root?

I wanted to backup /var/cache/apt/archives using 'Deja Dup' but it keeps saying >> Could not backup the following files. Please make sure you are able to open them. /var/cache/apt/archives/...
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Enable Root Login in Ubuntu 12.04 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is there no option to login as root? I am using Ubuntu 12.04 version. I have enabled root through terminal. But there is no display for root-login in login window.
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Admin password authenticates to log in, but not to install apps or change user accounts

I just installed Ubuntu 12.04. Then I changed my own user profile to not require a password and log me in automatically. What happened is, I'm still asked for a password once the desktop diplays. Once ...
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Unable to login as root from the login screen even though I have a root account

I have installed 12.04 LTS but surprisingly not able to login as root. I have unlock and set the password for root but while login i can not see 'other' option in GUI login where i can put root id and ...