Running as root ( was Re: Change Permissions (snip)..Problem Solved )
vramnum10 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 10 03:15:14 UTC 2007
On 1/9/07, Jeffrey F. Bloss <jbloss at tampabay.rr.com> wrote:
> User Iam wrote:
> > On 1/9/07, Peter Garrett <peter.garrett at optusnet.com.au> wrote:
> > >
> > > On Tue, 09 Jan 2007 02:47:57 -0600
> > > mtyoung <tuxman at knology.net> wrote:
> > >
> > > > I really don't understand why so many people think that logging
> > > > in as
> > > root when needed is such a bad thing, although I can certainly see
> > > a better way to accomplish what I needed to do. See my other post
> > > "Vote for new Ubuntu Feature---Let's try it again".
> > It is not a bad thing....
> It's a bad practice. If nothing unexpected happens it's neither a good
> nor bad "thing", but logging in as root increases the chances that bad
> things can happen considerably. If there's no pressing reason to do so,
> plain vanilla common sense dictates it's something you should avoid.
> > I have been doing it for the past 15 years...
> I've been driving a car for a lot longer than that and haven't been
> killed in an auto accident either. The only thing that means is
> statistically I'm more due for a flaming exit than I was 30-some odd
> years ago.
> > su to root when you have things to do..
> No. Use sudo or it's *sudo graphical cousins when you have "things to
> do". Su to root only when there's no other way. Those scenarios do
> exist, but they're so few and far between I'd wager the average user
> will never be in one.
> > I never log into a root gui...
> > Only use root at the CLI..
> For some people I'd wager this is even worse than logging into a full
> blown GUI as root. Especially converts who might be use to doing things
> 100% graphically. It's the difference between handing someone a gun
> they're familiar and practiced with, and one they're not. They're far
> more likely to come away with self inflicted holes while flailing about
> in unknown waters with a loaded weapon.
> > And yes, root is a name that hackers can attempt to exploit..
> > That is what good passwords are for...
> A password that does not exist is *impossible* to crack. I use
> exceptionally long "random pronounceable" phrases strategically salted
> with numbers and symbols everywhere possible. My pass phrases are quite
> literally stronger than the underlying encryption they guard in some
> It's still not as secure as simply locking or never enabling the root
> password in the first place...
And I agree
And I will continue to use root when ever I need/want to.
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