How to protect your grub menu with password
Not so far ago, i wrote a post about adding password to grub.
I have to be complete honest with you: “I was wrong !”
I found the next day why i was wrong, but i was too ashamed to errata my own post!
So lets start again from the begging.
In the previous post i had added successful a password on my linux entry on grub menu. But that didnt mean anything, cause anybody can edit the grub menu at boot time and remove the password entry ! Yes its simply as that!
You have to add a lock entry on grub menu.
After a lot of tests i think i found the “correct” way of securing my grub menu.
Removing password from any menu title and add only a global password for grub with lock mechanism.
So we need to create the encrypted password, from our terminal we type:
$ grub-md5-crypt Password: Retype password: $1$nNyIl/$2rdkv9UCclYQu1Hb0hxiQ/
For our example i typed: test
And finally (finally) my /boot/grub/menu.lst looks like this:
password –md5 $1$nNyIl/$2rdkv9UCclYQu1Hb0hxiQ/
title Arch Linux
kernel /boot/vmlinuz26 root=/dev/sda1 ro