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Tue Jun 21 13:15:32 UTC 2011
Dave Hanson wrote:
> I have just installed webmin on 11.04 server, but I'm having trouble
> logging in. I'm guessing I need to set a password for root [*sudo
> passwd root] *as that's the only solution I can find on the web
Yeah, I think webmin always needs to be able to be root, but you can
make other settings able to perform Webmin's root operations. So you
could create, say, an 'admin' Webmin user and tell Webmin that this user
is effectively root, to get round people trying to log in with the
predictable 'root' username ('admin' should be avoided for the same reason).
> Are there any security implications to doing that, I would have
> thought so?
If root cannot ssh in, I can't see that as being any different to any
sudoer and more secure than the default of being able to ssh in as
someone who can then sudo anything.
> I only want to try it out really as I'm sure most things can be done
> with a terminal, but if I like it I may keep it, that's why i'm
Well, everything Webmin can do can be done in a terminal. But Webmin's
probably also a nice easy fallback for repairing something that you got
wrong on the terminal :)
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