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Thread: Kali 2016.1 "light" root autologin

  1. #1
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    Kali 2016.1 "light" root autologin

    Hi, I have just installed a fresh version of KALI 2016.1 LIGHT, which uses XFCE as Desktop Manager instead of Gnome.
    I'd like to set autologin for ROOT in order to start automatically the graphical interface, avoiding to key in user/password at every boot.
    Looking around I found only instructions for setting root autologin for KALI+GNOME, but I found nothing for KALI+XFCE.

    How can i set root autologin for Kali+Xfce?

    thanks

  2. #2
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    Open /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf and find these line:

    autologin-user=username
    autologin-user-timeout=delay

    Change username to root and delay to 0

  3. #3
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    Thanks, i see that all the lines in /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf start with #, maybe they are commented?

    After the change those 2 lines are:
    #autologin-user=root
    #autologin-user-timeout=0

    Must i delete the # only for those 2 lines?

  4. #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by JackBauer View Post
    Thanks, i see that all the lines in /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf start with #, maybe they are commented?

    After the change those 2 lines are:
    #autologin-user=root
    #autologin-user-timeout=0

    Must i delete the # only for those 2 lines?
    Yes you should uncomment them. Also the delay is zero and is in seconds if im not mistaken(ie: 5 = 5secs)

  5. #5
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    I have uncommented those 2 rows , but still at startup i'm asked for user/pwd. Thisis how the file appears now:

    #
    # General configuration
    #
    # start-default-seat = True to always start one seat if none are defined in the configuration
    # greeter-user = User to run greeter as
    # minimum-display-number = Minimum display number to use for X servers
    # minimum-vt = First VT to run displays on
    # lock-memory = True to prevent memory from being paged to disk
    # user-authority-in-system-dir = True if session authority should be in the system location
    # guest-account-script = Script to be run to setup guest account
    # logind-check-graphical = True to on start seats that are marked as graphical by logind
    # log-directory = Directory to log information to
    # run-directory = Directory to put running state in
    # cache-directory = Directory to cache to
    # sessions-directory = Directory to find sessions
    # remote-sessions-directory = Directory to find remote sessions
    # greeters-directory = Directory to find greeters
    # backup-logs = True to move add a .old suffix to old log files when opening new ones
    #
    [LightDM]
    #start-default-seat=true
    #greeter-user=lightdm
    #minimum-display-number=0
    #minimum-vt=7
    #lock-memory=true
    #user-authority-in-system-dir=false
    #guest-account-script=guest-account
    #logind-check-graphical=false
    #log-directory=/var/log/lightdm
    #run-directory=/var/run/lightdm
    #cache-directory=/var/cache/lightdm
    #sessions-directory=/usr/share/lightdm/sessions:/usr/share/xsessions:/usr/share/wayland-sessions
    #remote-sessions-directory=/usr/share/lightdm/remote-sessions
    #greeters-directory=/usr/share/lightdm/greeters:/usr/share/xgreeters
    #backup-logs=true

    #
    # Seat configuration
    #
    # Seat configuration is matched against the seat name glob in the section, for example:
    # [Seat:*] matches all seats and is applied first.
    # [Seat:seat0] matches the seat named "seat0".
    # [Seat:thin-client*] matches all seats that have names that start with "thin-client".
    #
    # type = Seat type (xlocal, xremote)
    # pam-service = PAM service to use for login
    # pam-autologin-service = PAM service to use for autologin
    # pam-greeter-service = PAM service to use for greeters
    # xserver-command = X server command to run (can also contain arguments e.g. X -special-option)
    # xmir-command = Xmir server command to run (can also contain arguments e.g. Xmir -special-option)
    # xserver-layout = Layout to pass to X server
    # xserver-config = Config file to pass to X server
    # xserver-allow-tcp = True if TCP/IP connections are allowed to this X server
    # xserver-share = True if the X server is shared for both greeter and session
    # xserver-hostname = Hostname of X server (only for type=xremote)
    # xserver-display-number = Display number of X server (only for type=xremote)
    # xdmcp-manager = XDMCP manager to connect to (implies xserver-allow-tcp=true)
    # xdmcp-port = XDMCP UDP/IP port to communicate on
    # xdmcp-key = Authentication key to use for XDM-AUTHENTICATION-1 (stored in keys.conf)
    # unity-compositor-command = Unity compositor command to run (can also contain arguments e.g. unity-system-compositor -special-option)
    # unity-compositor-timeout = Number of seconds to wait for compositor to start
    # greeter-session = Session to load for greeter
    # greeter-hide-users = True to hide the user list
    # greeter-allow-guest = True if the greeter should show a guest login option
    # greeter-show-manual-login = True if the greeter should offer a manual login option
    # greeter-show-remote-login = True if the greeter should offer a remote login option
    # user-session = Session to load for users
    # allow-user-switching = True if allowed to switch users
    # allow-guest = True if guest login is allowed
    # guest-session = Session to load for guests (overrides user-session)
    # session-wrapper = Wrapper script to run session with
    # greeter-wrapper = Wrapper script to run greeter with
    # guest-wrapper = Wrapper script to run guest sessions with
    # display-setup-script = Script to run when starting a greeter session (runs as root)
    # display-stopped-script = Script to run after stopping the display server (runs as root)
    # greeter-setup-script = Script to run when starting a greeter (runs as root)
    # session-setup-script = Script to run when starting a user session (runs as root)
    # session-cleanup-script = Script to run when quitting a user session (runs as root)
    # autologin-guest = True to log in as guest by default
    autologin-user = root
    autologin-user-timeout = 0
    # autologin-session = Session to load for automatic login (overrides user-session)
    # autologin-in-background = True if autologin session should not be immediately activated
    # exit-on-failure = True if the daemon should exit if this seat fails
    #
    [Seat:*]
    #type=xlocal
    #pam-service=lightdm
    #pam-autologin-service=lightdm-autologin
    #pam-greeter-service=lightdm-greeter
    #xserver-command=X
    #xmir-command=Xmir
    #xserver-layout=
    #xserver-config=
    #xserver-allow-tcp=false
    #xserver-share=true
    #xserver-hostname=
    #xserver-display-number=
    #xdmcp-manager=
    #xdmcp-port=177
    #xdmcp-key=
    #unity-compositor-command=unity-system-compositor
    #unity-compositor-timeout=60
    #greeter-session=example-gtk-gnome
    #greeter-hide-users=false
    #greeter-allow-guest=true
    #greeter-show-manual-login=false
    #greeter-show-remote-login=true
    #user-session=default
    #allow-user-switching=true
    #allow-guest=true
    #guest-session=
    #session-wrapper=lightdm-session
    #greeter-wrapper=
    #guest-wrapper=
    #display-setup-script=
    #display-stopped-script=
    #greeter-setup-script=
    #session-setup-script=
    #session-cleanup-script=
    #autologin-guest=false
    #autologin-user=
    #autologin-user-timeout=0
    #autologin-in-background=false
    #autologin-session=
    #exit-on-failure=false

    #
    # XDMCP Server configuration
    #
    # enabled = True if XDMCP connections should be allowed
    # port = UDP/IP port to listen for connections on
    # listen-address = Host/address to listen for XDMCP connections (use all addresses if not present)
    # key = Authentication key to use for XDM-AUTHENTICATION-1 or blank to not use authentication (stored in keys.conf)
    #
    # The authentication key is a 56 bit DES key specified in hex as 0xnnnnnnnnnnnnnn. Alternatively
    # it can be a word and the first 7 characters are used as the key.
    #
    [XDMCPServer]
    #enabled=false
    #port=177
    #listen-address=
    #key=

    #
    # VNC Server configuration
    #
    # enabled = True if VNC connections should be allowed
    # command = Command to run Xvnc server with
    # port = TCP/IP port to listen for connections on
    # listen-address = Host/address to listen for VNC connections (use all addresses if not present)
    # width = Width of display to use
    # height = Height of display to use
    # depth = Color depth of display to use
    #
    [VNCServer]
    #enabled=false
    #command=Xvnc
    #port=5900
    #listen-address=
    #width=1024
    #height=768
    #depth=8



  6. #6
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    It should be like this:

    autologin-user=root
    autologin-user-timeout=0

    your's is like this:

    autologin-user = root
    autologin-user-timeout = 0

    There should be no spaces.

  7. #7
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    Sorry but still i does not work: after boot it continues to ask me user/pwd.

    This is how the 2 lines appear now:
    autologin-user=root
    autologin-user-timeout=0


    What I have noted is that under section
    [Seat:*]
    there are another 2 similar lines:
    #autologin-user=
    #autologin-user-timeout=0

    Maybe should I modify these 2 also?

  8. #8
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    Ok, problem solved.
    After uncommenting and changing also the other 2 rows under section [Seat:*] now KALI XFCE autologins to root.
    This is how the 2 lines appear now:
    [Seat:*]
    ...
    autologin-user=root
    autologin-user-timeout=0

  9. #9
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    after dist upgrade m having same issue
    both lines are non commented still
    it is showing login screen
    before dist upgrade it was working fine

  10. #10
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    The solution is to comment out line #11 in /etc/pam.d/lightdm-autologin

  11. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpius View Post
    The solution is to comment out line #11 in /etc/pam.d/lightdm-autologin
    Something like this:
    Code:
    # Allow access without authentication
    ###auth      required pam_succeed_if.so user != root quiet_success
    auth      required pam_permit.so

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