red hat enterprise 3 - the users have a .profile in their home directory that causes them to execute a program when they login. In essence, they go directly into the program, and when they leave the program, they are logged out.

What causes me grief is that the file system permissions are horrible - the database and executables are all 777 (not my work but the vendors).

As long as they cannot get to a command prompt, in theory, the file permissions are not a problem, not to say they are right.

My question is this - is it possible to bypass the running of the .profile at login time, and get to a command prompt?

Thanks.

John.