Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 12th Mar 2006 20:46 UTC, submitted by lotusleaf
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu A major, critical bug and possible security threat has been discovered in Ubuntu Breezy. Apparently, the 'root' password (not actually the root password because Ubuntu uses sudo) gets written into the installer's log files in clear text, and can be read by any account on the Ubuntu machine. The bug was first discovered and reproduced on the Ubuntu forums. The bug does not seem to affect Dapper, however, users upgrading from Breezy to Dapper might still be at risk because the log files are not modified. Update: Bug is fixed. Please upgrade.
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RE: Not too bad, at least for me
by antwarrior on Sun 12th Mar 2006 22:43 UTC in reply to "Not too bad, at least for me"
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2006-02-11

The tone of some on this article is a bit worrying.
I CAN'T believe that some would even attempt to play this down. If this was stated in some other operating system ,say Vista, or maybe even better OSX ,there would be general outrage and disgust disgust at such indecent exposure.

Now some might say that my box is secure, and it's single user operating system,the danger is minimal.
blah blah blah.But i would like to point out that Ubuntu is a linux distro, it can double as a server and people without thinking will set up Ubuntu as a server because it is Linux and not a Desktop distro ,as some people would like to imply such a distinction ( which should not be made to begin with ). Linux is Linux , let's get that straight. I'm apalled !

It's an interesting facet to Linux security,that might be on the increase, that is insecurity and vulnerability being introduced by various user level tools that aid the "user's experience".

I must apologise for the tone of the email. I use Ubuntu @ home on my desktop and as a server machine and I was shocked at this.
root password or sudo enabled user ( however you want to look at ) in clear text ? wow.

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