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Root Login in Chrome OS

May 11th, 2012
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  1. Login to Chrome shell as root user
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  4. By default, it is not possible to switch to root user from a normal user like chronos due to some security aspects of Chrome.
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  6. So the following procedure can be followed to get root shell access:
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  8. 1. By default, chronos has sudo powers. So switch to root using the password of chronos
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  10. $ sudo su
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  12. 2. Once landed in the root shell, the we can set the root password. But by default, the root file-system is mounted without write permission. So the root partition has be to be remounted with rw permission using the following command:
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  14. # mount -o remount,rw /
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  16. 3. Reset the root password using the following command:
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  18. # passwd
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  20. 4. Add the cronos to the wheel group, so that su - root (switching to root) is possible from the cronos user.
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  22. # vim /etc/group
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  24. append "cronos" or any other "username" to the 'wheel' group.
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