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  • How to secure boot loader (grub menu) with password in RHEL 6

    Below is the GRUB menu where we are planning to put the password so that no one logs in to single user mode without permission

    As you can see by default anyone can press "e" and edit the grub menu to enter single user mode

    Login as root and run the below command. When prompted, provide the grub password to be used
    # grub-md5-crypt
    Retype password:

    Next edit the GRUB configuration file /etc/grub.conf and add a new entry as shown below after timeout parameter in the main section.
    password --md5 <password-hash>
    Replace <password-hash> with the value returned by grub-md5-crypt above

    # less /etc/grub.conf
    password --md5 $1$KYWqk1$cyrEcj8xXtctko70sSowx.

    Next time the system boots, the GRUB menu does not allow access to the editor or command interface without first pressing p followed by the GRUB password.

    Reboot and verify the changes

    So now it does asks for the password we had set.

    Let me know your success and failures

    Deepak Prasad

    is a techie and an author who is still trying to survive in this IT generation with very little knowledge he has on Linux/Unix, VMware, SAN Storage, Automation, networking etc

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    How to secure boot loader (grub menu) with password in RHEL 6 How to secure boot loader (grub menu) with password in RHEL 6 Reviewed by Deepak Prasad on Thursday, June 05, 2014 Rating: 5

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