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Re: [COLD] New Admin Guide (first draft)

daemon@ATHENA.MIT.EDU (Thu Jan 18 12:42:00 1996 )

Date: Thu, 18 Jan 1996 10:16:15 -0700 (MST)
From: Brandon Gillespie <brandon@tombstone.sunrem.com>
To: coldstuff@tombstone.sunrem.com
In-Reply-To: <199601181347.OAA26675@regoc.srce.hr>
Reply-To: coldstuff@tombstone.sunrem.com

On Thu, 18 Jan 1996, Miroslav Silovic wrote:
> > > <discover this later>
> > > 
> >   Is this part a joke or is there a way to get in if say the admin forget's
> > his/her password?  If so, nice idea...
> > 
> This is not a joke, there really is a backdoor login, but you will still
> need a password to use it. The idea is to use backdoor to fix broken
> command parsing and similar problems.

The backdoor uses all of it's own code, (rather than hooking into 
previous modules).  This is in an attempt to be able to connect to a 
broken server if any portion of the db is wedged.  However, the backdoor 
is very restrictive.  Infact, you can't even open a connection unless 
your host is one of a select few (defaulting to, I would not 
suggest using anything else frankly).  From there it actually requires
one system password, and two user passwords (two may be redundant, but