Re: Solaris, Sudo, and locking the root account

From: adam morley (
Date: 09/28/01

Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001 11:21:38 -0700
From: adam morley <>
Subject: Re: Solaris, Sudo, and locking the root account
Message-ID: <>

On Thu, Sep 27, 2001 at 01:26:46PM -0400, Gordon Ewasiuk wrote:
> Hi All,
> What is the general feeling towards locking the root account on Solaris
> when using sudo? We use sudo on Solaris everwhere and lock the root
> account. This forces all users to sudo -s for a root shell - BUT - after
> an abnormal shutdown, if a filesystem comes up dirty, it might need a
> manual fsck pass. This, of course, requires the root password to enter
> maint. mode.

im not sure if its standard practice with sudo -- we don't employ sudo. but i can say that you could set up all your filesystems with logging enabled, minimizing the need to boot off a cd....

> I've got no problems booting from a CD, mounting the root FS, and
> unlocking/NP the root acct but a veteran sysadmin kinda looked at me funny
> when I explained it to him.

did he look at you funny like "im lazy, i dont like doing that" or "whats a cd?"

also, im not sure whether a lcoked root box is supportable by sun, that would be something sunservice would know (or one of the awesome sun guys on the list)

it also depends what kind of a system it is. if its a fairly critical system, the downtime needed to boot a cd, do the fsck, etc. may be unacceptable, but thats your call. plus, if its mission critical, then youd probably have logging filesystems anyways, so yeah.

> Is this a standard practice or making more trouble then it's worth?

i think booting off cd is in general too slow (in terms of how long the system takes to come up), so i would be against it, or taking steps to prevent needing to do it. i generally dont like locking the root account, just from an annoyance standpoint.

> TIA,
> -Gordon
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