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password when starting a linux server in single-user mode

http://www.cromwell-intl.com/unix/linux-break-in-howto.html

On RHEL 6.2-based systems (like Scientific Linux 6.2):
edit /etc/sysconfig/init

# Set to ‘/sbin/sulogin’ to prompt for password on single-user mode
# Set to ‘/sbin/sushell’ otherwise

Like this:

SINGLE=/sbin/sulogin

Then if you add an ‘s’ to the grub entry when the server boots it will ask you for a password , or hit ctrl-d. Ctrl-d makes the server enter normal boot (telinit *).

Should all linux machines be installed this way? To me this sounds like a definite deal, especially if you have the console physically or remotely accessible.