Assigning ROOT a password
bilwalsh at swbell.net
Mon Apr 28 04:03:19 UTC 2008
Larry Hartman wrote:
>> The reason for not having a root password is to prevent the
>> software that is used to crack passwords from being able
>> to get to your system.
> huh? I am dizzified by this statement.
> Seems counterintuitive to all that I have been taught about user account
> security. I can hear the MS sys admins hollaring now, use a 16-digit,
> random, 4 special characters, 4 lower-case, 4 upper-case, and 4 numbers
> If the above is the case, it leads to the next question, why assign any
> passwords for other usernames? I'd like to know the logic behind the above
> quoted statement better....and what distinguishes security for root, vice
> security for a username that uses its own password for SUDO access, that can
> lead to root access?
If there's no "root password" how can a password cracker "crack" it.
Using your regular password as "sudo" doesn't look obviously right to
someone trying to crack your "root password" [ unless they know that
root access is done by sudo on a particular system ].
Life is what happens while your busy making other plans.
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