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grubs password protect/os lock?

Postby Salvakiya on Sun Jun 14, 2009 11:00 pm

hey i was wondering if there was a way to get grubs to ask for a password whenever it starts. i tried using the startup manager but it gave me an error saying invalid arguments in the terminal. funny thing is is that the startup manager said it worked.

if i cant use grubs to do this than is there an os lock that can start before grubs so i can do the same sort of thing?

im using gloria if you can help please do.
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Re: grubs password protect/os lock?

Postby Aging Technogeek on Mon Jun 15, 2009 8:44 am

Salvakia,

I just did some checking and found that Startup Manager only installs a password to protect the Grub from being modified through the edit function available when booting (press "e" when boot menu is on screen). It does not stop anyone from selecting an OS and booting it. To prevent unauthorized access you must password protect each OS individually.

You said Startup Manager returned "Invalid argument in terminal". If you are running it from terminal, take a look at this thread viewtopic.php?f=90&t=27518#p159803 . You should be able to run Startup Manager from the mintMenu.
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Re: grubs password protect/os lock?

Postby emorrp1 on Mon Jun 15, 2009 8:47 am

I've set a password in bios, I get asked for it every boot before grub, even if I'm not loading the bios config screen. I guess it depends on your bios whether you can do the same.
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Re: grubs password protect/os lock?

Postby Salvakiya on Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:26 pm

what Bios do you have? I think i have phoenix bios/cmos.
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Re: grubs password protect/os lock?

Postby emorrp1 on Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:39 pm

I don't know, the one that came with my laptop! I think it may be an intel one, but I don't look at it that often.
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Re: grubs password protect/os lock?

Postby Fred on Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:51 pm

Just food for thought. Ok... let's say you have a BIOS password set, a Grub password set, and a log-in password you have to enter. That's three passwords you have to deal with every time you boot. Now, you aren't laboring under the mis-impression that any one or more of these passwords is enhancing your laptop securiety, are you?

There is no such thing as a laptop being secure from a would-be intruder that has physical access, except with good quality cryptography. If I wanted to get at your data on your laptop and had physical access to your machine I wouldn't bother with your password protection anyway. :-)

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Re: grubs password protect/os lock?

Postby emorrp1 on Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:56 pm

Yeah, I don't use it for security reasons: For some reason my laptop won't shutdown it'll only restart, so having a bios password stops it auto-booting again. Also all my data is on my external hard-drive, so a boot password would be pointless, there's nothing of value on my laptop's harddrive.
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Re: grubs password protect/os lock?

Postby Salvakiya on Mon Jun 15, 2009 3:07 pm

the idea of putting a password on my compy isnt for security. there is a way around every password. but the idea is to have one password to keep the not so computer savy family members off both windows XP and Linux os's.
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