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chmod -R 777 /* and consequences

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http://www.linuxquestions.org – So I had a new developer working on a new VM with RHEL on it and they typod a chmod command and accidentally executed chmod -r 777 /* via sudo and it seems to have messed something up. We can't login remotely, the GUI on the console won't seem to take anyone to a desktop, it just keeps coming back to the login screen. I can't even choose a console login from the GUI login prompt, as it bounces back to the GUI login screen after a minute or so. I have not taken it down to single user mode yet as I thought I would get some suggestions on how to proceed and potential damage caused. It looks (HowTos)