Security of using sudo rather than su?
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Thu Sep 14 17:45:49 UTC 2006
On 2006-09-14, Alan McKinnon <alan at linuxholdings.co.za> wrote:
>> which raises the question, why in the world does the default
>> config that allow root logins? (I know you're not supposed
>> to use the root account, but doesn't that just mean that the
>> password is random?)
Oops, I don't know where I heard that.
> It means that the account is not enabled and does not work. It
> isn't random, it simply doesn't exist. Inspect the root entry
> in /etc/shadow, it looks like this:
> A random password would look something like this:
What's the practical difference in effect (I mean beyond what appears
in /etc/shadow) of passwd -d and passwd -l? Is it just that the
effect of -l can be reversed back to the previously valid password?
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