Assigning ROOT a password

Willy Hamra w.hamra1987 at
Mon Apr 28 07:51:57 UTC 2008

i dont even know why you need a root password, i started using kubuntu a
year ago with feisty, and so far, i never cursed the fact that there is no
root password, i like it this way. i learned this lesson the hard way on
windows, default users there are admins, if people use non-admin users,
viruses wouldnt have been this widespread. it is a better practice to avoid
root, i know that most of you would say you are going to log as root for few
minutes only, but a lot of newbies out there will be glad to read these
emails and start spending all their time as root. that is one of the reasons
that made the ubuntu developers decide to make root in accessible in the
first place.

On Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 7:03 AM, Billie Walsh <bilwalsh at> wrote:

> 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
> > password!
> >
> > 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?
> >
> >
> > Larry
> >
> >
> >
> 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 ].
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