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Re: [suse-security] Re: Root user
  • From: "Steef de Bruijn" <>
  • Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2003 16:28:50 +0200 (CEST)
  • Message-id: <34285.>
I once read security articles which RECCOMENDED doing this. If you create
a second root account (plz name it something unusual, NOT root2 ;-) and
use this one yourself, you can disallow 'normal root acces' on services to
prevent security leaks. Also, IF someone gets through, you will notice
immediately in your logging...
Steef de Bruijn
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Francois Pinard wrote a long time ago...
> [Markus Gaugusch]
>> Although it IS possible to add another user with UID 0, it is not
>> recommended to do so for several reasons (and currently I'm too stupid
>> to find name one ... shame on me ;)
> I once used to have a `root' and a `root2', both having uid 0 in
> `/etc/passwd', and I used this for quite a while, and do not remember
> any adverse effect. Oh, maybe that with `ls', `root2' created files
> will appear as owned by `root', but this never bothered me.
> So if someone was recommending me not to do so, I would be tempted to
> ask for some explicit, convincing justification.
> P.S. - `fou4s' has always been a little wonder. Thanks for it! :-)
> --
> Fran├žois Pinard

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