How I hacked into Ubuntu admin account with my limited account?!

So so.. this is something techy, something about Ubuntu, and something about having fun! You people must have heard a lot about hacking into the Windows XP/Vista administrator accounts when you're given only a limited account. Many of 'em doesn't work at all, as for a fact. Well we'll talk about something more interesting.. hacking into Ubuntu when you're given a limited account!

Where there is a will, there is a way. In our college department computer lab, we're all given those stupid limited accounts - in both Windows and Ubuntu. And that is crap. We can't install compiz fusion in Ubuntu, while in Windows we can't play those ol' games(Mortal Kombat, Roadrash..) during lab hours :( So I decided to take revenge, and went into this research about hacking into the walls. And it was a grand success! Let me tell you how..

1) First of all, let the system boot.. and wait for the GRUB menu to appear. You can see various options listed out. Now press 'e' to go to the edit menu(where you can add parameters to the boot process). In a smaller list that appears, select the appropriate option(Usually the 2nd one).

2) Now you get the boot script all open for editing. Delete off the part saying quiet splash(this is optional), and most important, add this part at the end :


Press enter. Then press 'b' to boot the edited option.

3) After booting up, Ubuntu shows up just a fullscreen terminal showing root@none
Yeah! you've got a root terminal which doesn't need a password!
The following steps are even easier..

Mount the root partition

mount -o remount,rw /

You may need to type this after that: (this is optional, but it's better you do this)

mount -o remount,rw /proc

Then we reset the root password for the system

Enter new password
Confirm new password

When you do things right, you get a message that password has been updated successfully.
Type this in finally, just to make sure everything is fine and good.


Go on.. restart the computer!

4) Let Ubuntu boot. Login to your limited account as if nothing happened.
Open the terminal and type in:

type in the password you created sometime before

5) Okey! now you are the root. When you're root and you know the correct commands, you can do anything in Ubuntu!
As for now, we'll simply add our limited account to the admin group
For me, the limited account given is student. To give admin privileges to this account, I just added it to the following groups.

adduser student admin
adduser student sudo
adduser student root

Adding to the admin group is enough. But just to ensure freedom.. :)

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I'm done, and I installed some softwares and customized my own Ubutnu machine :D
That was simple, wasn't it. Now, whenever you get an Ubuntu machine do try this. Hack into your friends computer!

And for people who haven't tried Ubuntu yet.. go on try it once, you'll love it!
Check the Ubuntu site :)

And here's a post on the random entertainments that came up in the last few days..!!

47 - The Silent Assassin is back!
So.. I started playing Hitman 4 Blood Money! It's amazing. The role of the professional killer- agent 47- is more enjoyable than ever before. There's a lot of features - from various new moves for the character to well built environments to an interesting ingame story! Go to the Hitman Blood Money official website, fall in love with No. 47!

And watch this trailer of the game. Killing has never been this much fun before!

Tweets from college
One word - I was selected the Association Secretary of the Computer Science Department of my college. There's no big deal though. It's more idle than being an average student in OUR college!"Why me?!", I exclaimed while replying the Union secretary's phone call that evening.
"Just that everyone suggested you. You're selected."
You don't know, I hate politics in MY college. Every administrative task is under the control of this political union. Now what. I was taken to a room filled with Che guevara snaps the next day. I gave my nomination. And there's probably no one else for competition. Hence I'm practically in charge from now on. Let's see et revolutionizing the stagnant computer science department of gcek.. (NEVER!)

I just love to make paper-planes at college :)

Watchmen movie is released! Ha! I'm talking like a person who knows everything about Watchmen. Thanks to Twitter and again, the Twitterfox plugin. Some tweets can be real informative. One fine day people were all tweeting about this Watchmen movie, and eventually I came to know that it's the movie version of a super duper comic series. Then someone said "People who watch Watchmen movie without reading the comic should be burned alive!". Ooh.. so I decided to read the comic.

I downloaded all the 12 issues and then found that it's some strange .CBZ format. A small research showed that it's a format specific for graphic novels, and I found this Ubuntu software to read them conveniently. It's called comix.
To install comix in Ubuntu, simply use this terminal command..

sudo apt-get install comix

Hmm and the comic is interesting. I see a potential chance that I may go more into graphic novels. 
And there are lot more comic actions coming to the screen.. including Spiderman 4 and the Avengers!

Next Friday is not your lucky day.
As a matter of fact, you have no lucky day this year!