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Old 1st December 2004, 01:07 PM
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Security Compromise - full Root access

I was shocked and quite alarmed when I booted up my computer with a bootable linux CD. I had full read-write access to each partition on the hard drive, including all folders in /home, and even scarier, the /root folder, where I was able to, if I wanted, delete or create whatever I wanted, at will.

I feel that this is a serious issue. At no stage was I prompted for a password. Does this mean that any root user of a bootable distribution (ie: Knoppix and variants) will gain complete access to all "private" data in my Fedora partitions? Ultimately, wouldn't it be expected that there would be at least a PROMPT for a password? Shouldn't there be some form of data encryption to prevent this?
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