Assigning ROOT a password

Jayson Rowe jayson.rowe at
Mon Apr 28 14:36:44 UTC 2008

On Mon, 28 Apr 2008, Billie Walsh wrote:

> Michael Leone wrote:
>> On Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 12:03 AM, Billie Walsh <bilwalsh at> wrote:
>>>  >
>>>  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 ].
>> Well, then ... if someone wanted to hack your system, it should be
>> within their capabilities to determine what type of OS you're running.
>> And since EVERYBODY knows that Ubuntu distros don't have a root
>> password, it can't be too hard for them to then change their focus to
>> cracking the other passwords on your system. Fot home systems, there's
>> *usually) not dozens of logins, so that lessens the job.
> I seriously doubt the "EVERYBODY" part. I certainly didn't till early 
> last year when I first installed Kubuntu. I had to ask THE stupid 
> question on the list about how to log in "root". Some nice person, 
> without laughing to hard I hope, kindly informed me to just use my 
> regular password. It was several more weeks before I found out about 
> "sudo" in a terminal.The first time I ran into that I just guessed that 
> my regular password  was what was required so I didn't have to ask 
> ANOTHER  stupid question.
> So not "EVERYBODY" knows.
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Actuallly - Ubuntu isn't set up totally without a root password - that 
would be a huge security risk. Unless you change it w/ sudo passwd root, 
there is a password set, you just don't know what it is - it's a random 
password generating by the system.

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