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    Root user permission


    Hi all,
    is it possible for a root user to access to a normal user's desktop or home directory, without knowing their password. Is the root user has the right to reset a normal user's password and then access to his account withouut knowing the old password?
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    Uh, yeah

    Code:
    cd /home/OTHER_USERS_ACCOUNT_NAME
    ^^View files and folder of home directory of user

    Code:
    passwd OTHER_USERS_ACCOUNT_NAME
    ^^ Change other users password

    to access desktop

    cd /home/OTHER_USERS_ACCOUNT_NAME/Desktop

    or did you mean like, see it in a gui?

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    it means as a normal user, we don't have any pivacy at all
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    The root user has complete control over the whole computer, so yeah, if those other users arent passworded it makes it easier

    But you can just cd around the computer as you want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thcc2
    it means as a normal user, we don't have any pivacy at all
    That is true, but remember the root user is supposed to be the owner of the machine, and should have complete control. This implies complete access.

    I wouldn't want people storing info I couldn't see on my own machine!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by smolloy
    Quote Originally Posted by thcc2
    it means as a normal user, we don't have any pivacy at all
    That is true, but remember the root user is supposed to be the owner of the machine, and should have complete control. This implies complete access.

    I wouldn't want people storing info I couldn't see on my own machine!!
    R u familar with windows?
    I use windows last time, if i say the root user in Linux is more powerful than the administrator in Windows, do you agree.
    Because i dun think that the windows administrator can go and get into other pc in the network without install the 3rd party software.

    One more question, is the root user can see other user's web browse's history folder?
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    Quote Originally Posted by onlinebacon
    The root user has complete control over the whole computer, so yeah, if those other users arent passworded it makes it easier

    But you can just cd around the computer as you want to.
    I can cd around other user computer as a root user , even though that is a password protection on other people's pc?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thcc2
    One more question, is the root user can see other user's web browse's history folder?
    Uhhh yeah. As root you can open/read/run any file. It's a lot of power, and with power comes responsibility.

    A good sysadmin wont be bothered about reading your private files, however, they're usually too busy to be bothered about it.

    And if you're concerned that your sysadmin will find out if you've been visiting 'art' websites or terrorist bulletin boards, they'll find out from the proxy cache or other system logs rather than reading their way through your browser history files.
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    hi ,
    no, i 'm not visiting "ART" web site, just browse some "Windows" materials althrough ny job is in Linux platform :o
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