On Tue, Jun 20, 2000 at 11:59:55AM +0100, rdermody at lexmark.com wrote:
> While trying su - root I get the following error.
> "User root does not exist".
> Any ideas anybody?
yeah, your /etc/passwd file is in an unhappy state. i can't think
of a kind way to express how i know this to be true, but it is.
the solution is to use an already open root session to fix up /etc/passwd.
if that's not possible the solution might involve powering off the machine
(c-a-d won't work since init can't find the root user to run reboot
with) and then rebooting with a rescue disk or with linux init=/bin/sh
alternatively you could try to find a daemon running as root and try to
run an exploit script of some kind.
kevin at suberic.net "we were goin' for breakfast. in canada. we
fork()'ed on 37058400 made a deal: if she'd stop hookin', i'd stop
meatspace place: work shootin' people. maybe we were aiming high."
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