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    Why not to have a root password?

    I mean, probably you will never use it, only if you lose your original password, where the only problem would be forgetting also the root password. But, isn't very exploitable an Ubuntu without a root password? I mean, somebody could just su and access your root account! Wouldn't be easier if somebody had a very easy to remember root password, and have lots more of security?

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    Re: Why not to have a root password?

    There is more security if there is *no* root password, like the default setup in Ubuntu. It isn't that there is no password -- the root account is locked, so no one can log in as root (not with su or any other way). See https://wiki.ubuntu.com/RootSudo.

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    Re: Why not to have a root password?

    This really isn't the place for this..
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    Re: Why not to have a root password?

    Ubuntu uses Sudo to provide fine grained permission control. With Sudo, a root password is not needed. Other distributions don't use Sudo and therefore need root passwords. Simple as that.

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    Herman

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    Re: Why not to have a root password?

    I actually ment having a root password only in case you forget the normal password.

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    Re: Why not to have a root password?

    If you have forgotten your password you can reset it from recovery mode. You don't need a root password. Do you honestly think that the Ubuntu developers wouldn't have thought 'Gee, what happens when you forget your password?'

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    Re: Why not to have a root password?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fixman View Post
    I mean, probably you will never use it, only if you lose your original password, where the only problem would be forgetting also the root password. But, isn't very exploitable an Ubuntu without a root password? I mean, somebody could just su and access your root account! Wouldn't be easier if somebody had a very easy to remember root password, and have lots more of security?
    You can't su to root in Ubuntu unless you activate the root account and set up a password for it.

    Why don't you understand the security setup before criticizing it?
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RootSudo
    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/security

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