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Old 11-18-2011, 04:58 PM   #1
jmc1987
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Preventing root login


I was wondering what is the best way to disable the root account on centOS 5.7 32bit?

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usermod -L root # this is what I would prefer but will it work on root account??
or
echo > /etc/securetty # This would work but if I wanted to reenable it I would have to recreate this file.
Is there any other recommend way? I disabled it via sshd_config as well.


If you ask why I want to completely disable root its because I don't need it with sudo and even though I disabled the login via sshd_config I can still go root with
Quote:
$su
password:
and it still allows me to login.

Thanks.

Last edited by jmc1987; 11-18-2011 at 05:22 PM.
 
Old 11-18-2011, 05:15 PM   #2
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The pretty way is `sudo usermod -L root`.
 
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Old 11-18-2011, 05:22 PM   #3
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The pretty way is `sudo usermod -L root`.
Yea thats what I was thinking would be the best. Thanks
 
  


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