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Ubuntu 13.04 root hack/Ipod Access

A few weeks ago I managed to find an exploit in Ubuntu 13.04 that allowed me access to a Root Shell. I was looking around on an exploratory expedition and found a directory in the Root folder ...
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Owner of /usr/lib is not root

Virtualbox program error: Failed to open a session for the virtual machine .... Failed to load VMMR0.r0 (VERR_SUPLIB_OWNER_NOT_ROOT). Terminal output: balazs@inspiron:/usr$ ls -l total 164 ...
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delete the read permission from a file

So, let's say I have a file named FILE. Whenever someone wants to edit or read it (for example cat FILE in terminal), it should ask for root password. How to do this? I suppose there's a chmod ...
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root-system-bin package installation for root login

What is the use of root-system-bin package? After installing this package can we able to login into the system as root user?
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Ubuntu won't let me enter my root password

When I was installing a program, it said that I needed to run it as a normal account rather than an administrator account, and so, being the inexperienced person that I am, changed my account to ...
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how to stop administrative password change

It is extremely easy in ubuntu to change the administrator password by using the recovery console and dropping to root. Is there any way to stop a root user from changing the administrative password?
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Acronis copied KUbuntu

When I restore an Acronis True Image 10 copy of a running Kubuntu system and try to boot it it stops at a initramfs prompt and says it can't find the root directory. What commands do I type to ...
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Cloudera installation : Failed to detect root privileges [duplicate]

I tried to install CDH on my Ubuntu box (one host). It fails on install: "Failed to detect root privileges." I know that Cloudera needs user to have passwordless privileges ("Root access to your ...
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Installing ubuntu 12.04.03 [duplicate]

I'm trying to install Ubuntu on my desktop and am getting the message: "no root file system is defined" on the menu for installation type. I can't seem to find what to do next.
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Cannot undo sudo chmod 655 /

I've accidentally run 'sudo chmod 655 /', and now I cannot undo this operation again because I cannot access sudo anymore. I'd actually wanted the permission to be set to 755. Is there any way I can ...
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get the list of all root dependent devices

How do I get the list of all devices which are root dependent i.e either mounted on root filesystem or created from root devices(Logical volume on the top of physical volume which is root device). ...
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Running a .sh file without root

I've recently downloaded a game (Mark of the Ninja from Humble Bundle 9 to be exact) to play on Ubuntu. From what I can tell after extracting the game, it is stand-alone and doesn't require ...
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How can I encrypt all data in /var/www so no one except root can access it?

I have a situation that I sell my product on an virtual machine with Ubuntu installed on it and it has a LAMP on it and I do not want any one to be able to copy or access my code. Of course I have a ...
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Error during installation from try ubuntu

I'm currently using Windows 8 64-bit OS and I want to use ubuntu alongside it. But while I try to install, I'm always stuck on an error message No root file system defined I've even tried to use ...
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Change Folder & File Permissions for all Subdirectories

I created some files as root that I would now like to be changed to a specific user. How would I do this? I cannot go trough the files one by one as that'd just take way too much time. I would like to ...
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What is the default root password when was never set at installation time? [duplicate]

On a standard desktop installation, I created my administrative and user login. Further with some applications, the system ask for the root password. So my question is: What will be the default ...
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blkid -o list gives different results with and without sudo

after re-installing my laptop's Windows, my drive D: was corrupted, however, I'm trying to fix it using ntfsfix or ntfs-3g, but the problem is, when I run: blkid -o list It gives me a result which ...
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Startup application as root when user logs in

Normally if i need an application to start at start-up and to run as root i put the application, script or the link in /etc/init.d/. But what i want to achieve is something different. I want to have ...
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Change root file-system type (LVM)

I have an Ubuntu 13.04 server configured in this way: % df -TPh ...
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I don't understand why this is happening?

I just installed Ubuntu, it boots and then I get stuck there :( Problem shown link given below: Ubuntu Log In Problem
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No root privileges when using GUI

So I'm logged in as the user 'Shannon', but can't gain root access through the GUI when I'm prompted to install a program for example. However using sudo su, type in the root password, gain access ...
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How to free space in root directory and delete unnecessary kernel files?

Off late I am receiving continuous system alerts regarding low disk space in my root directory. I am given to understand that all my system updates are being saved in my root directory instead of my ...
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How to change default system updates folder in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS?

Hi I am running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on my Dell Inspiron 15r (dual booting with Windows 8). During installation, I had set aside 6GB for my root folder, 8GB for swap and about 20+ GB (don't remember exact ...
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Lubuntu root size

I am going to install Lubuntu 12.04 as dual boot on a 80 GB HDD (after Win 7 installation 35 GB remained for Lubuntu). I guess it does make sense to create a swap and root partition in addition to a ...
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How to become administrator user?

I'm new to this ubuntu 13.04 so in terminal i allways need to start my xampp as a root so please help me i wanna convert my current account as an administrator(root) user.
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I need clarification on ROOT password

Recently I was attempting a terminal command using sudo. I thought it wanted my administrative password, but it really wanted ROOT... Which I have forgotten or screwed up....so my objective failed. I ...
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Install software without root access?

Is it possible to give a user the rights to install software, without giving him other sudo-rights? Let's say I were to install Ubuntu on the student's computers at a school. I would like them to be ...
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What is the answer to “are you root” when installing packages?

What is the answer to "are you root" in Ubuntu 12.10. I was installing the restricted extras for the 12.10 when I got this message after typing my password. I typed yes and now all I see are y in the ...
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Manage space in ubutnu 12.04 installation

I am running a dual boot system with windows vista and ubuntu 10.04. Yesterday, I decided to re-install vista, but after that I wasn't able to boot in ubuntu, so I want to take the chance to upgrade ...
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My home folder is owned by root, how can I fix this?

I put my home folder on its own partition following the instructions in the Ubuntu Documentation Partitioning/Home/Moving wiki. Now I'm not the owner of my own home folder. How can I fix this? I ...
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How can I find out if there is malicious code being run on my computer? [duplicate]

I have recently lent my computer to a tech-savvy acquaintance. And I gave him the root password. Doh! Is there any way I can figure out if I got a key logger installed or spyware on my Ubuntu 13.04?
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Recovering root password in vmware for ubuntu 12.10

I have installed Ubuntu 12.10 in vmware, and I am not able to understand why is it rejecting root password upon entering it on in the terminal. So I would like to have a new password instead. Can ...
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What are these files in my flash drive?

These files are on my USB flash drive. I can't view them with Dolphin, but I can view them in the terminal. I tried to copy them, but I failed? Virus? Is it OK to format the USB flash drive completely ...
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ADB cannot see my tablet (Pipo S1)

I am unable to access my tablet (Pipo S1) through adb - after running adb devices, there are no devices visible. USB debugging is enabled, and I have tried 2 different USB ports and cables. I was ...
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Directory issues with joomla install, realized I was running as root

Sorry if this is long: I'm running version 12.04, Apache web server and php 5 I am attempting to install joomla in var/www/, everything seemed to have went ok but as I was viewing my directory ...
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How can we execute a terminal-command for all the subfolders, at once

I need to change ownership of my Downloads folder from root to my username. Using 'chown' and '*' wildcard I could get around with each folder and it's files but that's tedious. Anything I could do ...
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Can't restore root password [duplicate]

I have to start with the reason for all that mess… Trying to set up Empathy, Ubuntu asked me to unlock the key ring Login. But I was unable, because neither my Ubuntu root password (which is my login ...
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Is there a way to lock a specific application, in ubuntu, with 'sudo' method

For instance, if I needed to lock firefox, and whenever someone needs to access it (under the same username as mine) the usual sudo password prompt should appear. I have disabled password prompt by ...
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g++ installation unmet dependencies error [duplicate]

I am trying to install g++.But not able to do it. amol@amol-System-Product-Name:~$ sudo apt-get install g++ [sudo] password for amol: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree ...
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When I go in the Ctrl+Alt+F1-F6, the password doesn't work [duplicate]

I can't do commands in the Ctrl+Alt+F1-F6. When I do a command, it asks me my password. When I write it, it doesn't work. I've tried it enough times to know that it's broken/there's a problem.
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Kodak ESP5 Printer Bluetooth connection

I bought a Kodak esp-5 with the 50.00 Bluetooth communications device, is this a device that would let Ubuntu 12.04 see and use.
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sudoing my own bash scripting

Okay, so I have my scripts in ~/bin/, and they are added to the path normally. However, when I prefix them with sudo, they are not in the path. I figure this is because they're not in the path for ...
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Unable to use mount -rw

I forgot my password to the root account, I have autologin enabled so I can use it, but unable to make changes in it. After searching and searching I found a "solution" which does not work for me at ...
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how to reset root password in single user mode without knowing the current root password?

How to reset root password in single user mode without knowing the current root password? Hi Team, We are not able to reset password in single user mode. When we go to recovery mode and press e by ...
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BTRFS as Ubuntu 12.04 FS cannot mount / and /home

On formatting drive as BTRFS for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) I was getting an error about "Sparse file not allowed". Using this post at AskUbuntu: Message “Sparse file not allowed” after ...
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How to get list of user accounts and access through root in Ubuntu terminal?

I am using Ubuntu 13.04 and there are 5 users for the machine. I have the root password and I want to see the list of users and access the account through root in terminal. How can I do this ?
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After changing password, cannot log in

I lost the password to my old laptop, and after reading, I found out how to change it using the text interface. I successfully changed my password to my root user, but now instead of telling me ...
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Reeboot or Shutdown without Password [duplicate]

To run the command poweroff or reboot one needs to be super user. Is there anyway I can run this as a normal user? I just dont want to sudo and enter password everytime I reboot or poweroff.
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login as root user with full privilages [duplicate]

I dont like to enter password for every software to install or other thing like it.i look for a way that can login with root user as default when ubuntu started. in fact i want login with a user that ...
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How do I delete a folder

I have created a folder in my file system called "opt". It contains two other folders. How do I delete it with signing in as a root user? Thanks