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Old 12-10-2003, 05:37 AM   #1
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making another super user...


hi all

i'm using redhat9 ....and i have a user called TAAN.and i want to make it super user to act as root..how i can do that in redhat 9?????
 
Old 12-10-2003, 06:12 AM   #2
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Why on earth would you want to do that?
 
Old 12-10-2003, 08:13 AM   #3
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Bad idea and bad security. Security thru obscurity just doesn't always work.

Why not setup sudo or su when needed? When my machine is all set and done with configuration, I rarely ever need to be root on my machines, there is just no need really.
 
Old 12-10-2003, 07:09 PM   #4
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good question i know id like to have another name for my root usuer (root jsut dont sound good to me) --and to ur comet about security thru obsucrity dont work, well thats say tehres a casle on a grassland, very strong and what not but sence its all open in view some people world probly defidfently try to break it down, but now if that casle was comelfraled less people would see it to attack,, point being security by obscurity is a good idea as long as it dont make the system less secure, or have a bad preformance cost))

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Old 12-10-2003, 07:32 PM   #5
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good question i know id like to have another name for my root usuer (root jsut dont sound good to me) --and to ur comet about security thru obsucrity dont work, well thats say tehres a casle on a grassland, very strong and what not but sence its all open in view some people world probly defidfently try to break it down, but now if that casle was comelfraled less people would see it to attack,, point being security by obscurity is a good idea as long as it dont make the system less secure, or have a bad preformance cost))
Well along with having another user with root's privileges comes more security risks. Try searching our forums, this is brought up many times and there are some good threads discussing why this is not a good idea, even looking at the threads in which members are asking if they should just login as root all the time, etc.

But no, to me, security thru obscurity is not a good idea, cause its not truly securing your machine, network, etc. The best way to secure your machine/network, etc is to do it the right way and not faking that its secure.

Regards.
 
Old 12-10-2003, 08:16 PM   #6
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If running as root is your thing, perhaps you want to check into Lindows?
Having 2 root users is just plain silly. If someone is trusted enough to use root, they should use root. I guess it's too bad if you don't like the name.
Good Luck.
 
Old 12-10-2003, 08:23 PM   #7
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You should not do that.

But I guess if you set its uid (user id) to 0 it will have root privilege... as all access is control by user id and not user names.
But I would not do that...
for the reasons stated above...

Specify the tasks that needs to be done by that user and people will answer the more convienent way to do it without bringing your system as insecure as Win95.

iTux
 
Old 12-12-2003, 07:56 PM   #8
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ok well is ther a way to change teh root ussers name tho not have 2 root users but just rename teh root user to god or somthing whowever u want to call it
 
Old 12-12-2003, 08:22 PM   #9
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Root defines linux, if you cant deal with that, boot up with xp and you can be anything you want with all priv's.

Running as root; Don't do that.
 
Old 12-14-2003, 02:45 AM   #10
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hi all

i just ask you about how to do that..i'm not in network now ..but i just want to know how... iTux ..your way work just with redhat 7.3 but not with redhat 9 i tried it and is not work at all.
 
Old 12-14-2003, 09:47 AM   #11
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ok well is ther a way to change teh root ussers name tho not have 2 root users but just rename teh root user to god or somthing whowever u want to call it
That to me is still considered Security thru Obscurity, still doesn't make any more sense to do from just creating another superuser/root user. I'd rather create the other superuser before trying to just rename root to another name to try and throw potential crackers off...
 
  


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