Bear with me since I'm a linux noob... I had an assignment for a security class in which I was supposed to gain access to a file in on an administrator's desktop.
I modified the boot settings by changing "ro splash" to "rw init=/bin/bash", restarted, got a bash shell and changed the root password.
A couple questions:
- So ro mounts the root device as read-only, rw mounts it as read-write. What is the "root device"?
- So init specifies the first program to run after boot, correct?
- Why do I get a bash shell that has root access? No authentication required?