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Thread: I changed root password ... good or bad?

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    I changed root password ... good or bad?

    Hello,

    I installed Ubuntu Server on a machine. I am planning to use this machine only as a source repository between myself and some others. I did the installation and when asked to enter account details I entered my own details (my username, my password, my name). This means that when I login, if I want to do something that requires root privileges then I am asked to enter MY password.

    Now this is all learn in progress for me. I thought what if I am no longer available? Shoudl the root access be linked only to my account? Or should root have it's own password? I opted for the latter and gave root its own password!

    My reasoning WAS NOT that one can login using root, but rather that a person logged in on the machine needs to know the root password rather then just his own password to do some change. However I noticed that now I can login as root. I do not like this as logs will not show who actually did the change!

    Therefore I am unsure if what I did was good or bad.

    any advice?

  2. #2
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    Jun 2007
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    Ubuntu

    Re: I changed root password ... good or bad?

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    Re: I changed root password ... good or bad?

    Thanks, going to disable that again!

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    Re: I changed root password ... good or bad?

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