root password setting unoffered at install

Mario Vukelic mario.vukelic at
Sun Nov 4 17:34:58 UTC 2007

On Sun, 2007-11-04 at 17:00 +0000, Chris Malton wrote:
> Ubuntu plays this funny game where *your* password is the root
> password (no matter which user you log in as).
> I'm not quite sure how secure that is.  Presumably only as secure as
> the users on that box.

The biggest security risk are admins that do not know how a system
works ;) I suggest the link to the RootSudo help page that was posted
numerous times in this thread.

It *does* matter which user logs in since only users in the Admin group
can elevate their rights. And if you did into the sudoers man page, as
suggested by Peter Garrett in this thread, you will learn how to do
fine-grained rights control with sudo.

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