Root in Desktop

Carsten Aulbert carsten at
Tue Jan 2 15:27:06 UTC 2007

Dirk Erasmus wrote:
> Is there a default password for root in die desktop distro? I just
> installed, wanting to run for example nessus daemon but it requires
> root, su failes with authentication error.

In Ubuntu, the root user has no password (and login without password is
disabled), this is to force the user to sudo if they need these rights.


sudo command

should work for all users within the admin group (querying for your
user's password). If you need to execute many commands try

sudo bash


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