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    Root freezing.

    Hello,

    I would like to know, if there would be a way to lock a root account (for special uses that don't need further configurations, nor installations). That is : do some think (encrypting it or whatever), so that an intruder, or even the regular user, would never be available to access it, and this by ane mean (this would be a sort of root freezing).

    Nicolas

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    Re: Root freezing.

    The root account, by default is already locked.
    What you could do is a create a normal non-admin user, then delete the admin user.
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    Re: Root freezing.

    Quote Originally Posted by deadflowr View Post
    The root account, by default is already locked.
    What you could do is a create a normal non-admin user, then delete the admin user.
    It would be easier just to remove them from the sudo group instead of deleting them as that can screw up permissions something fierce.

    Although, with a locked root account (default) and no one with sudo access = who will be doing updates? Hmmm....
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    Re: Root freezing.

    I don't get this story, but deleting the root account is not a wise decission. You can delete the root-home dir. but why?
    But the root-id is realy needed, if you delete is I bet your system is dead. ( would be nice if someone can test/verify )
    And a user with admin-right is something else then root itself.
    Last edited by kuifje09; April 24th, 2013 at 12:45 AM. Reason: update

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    Re: Root freezing.

    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesA View Post
    It would be easier just to remove them from the sudo group instead of deleting them as that can screw up permissions something fierce.

    Although, with a locked root account (default) and no one with sudo access = who will be doing updates? Hmmm....
    That's probably easier.
    This thread actually made me wonder if you could make an entire directory immutable or not, which would probably make it even more locked down.

    Quote Originally Posted by kuifje09 View Post
    I don't get this story, but deleting the root account is not a wise decission. You can delete the root-home dir. but why?
    But the root-id is realy needed, if you delete is I bet your system is dead. ( would be nice if someone can test/verify )
    And a user with admin-right is something else then root itself.
    Locking accounts and deleting accounts are different things.

    Though, if you really want a super safe machine, then don't connect it to the internet.
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