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Old 12-06-2004, 04:52 PM   #1
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disable root login with ssh

how can i disable root to login with ssh, i cant find anything in /etc/ssh/sshd_config.

Old 12-06-2004, 05:06 PM   #2
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PermitRootLogin no

You can also specify users with
AllowUsers user1 user2
Old 02-16-2005, 12:31 PM   #3
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You might also be interested to have a look at:

Old 02-16-2005, 01:33 PM   #4
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Absolutely check out that link. Always use public key authentication if you have an SSH server on the Internet. It's much more secure.

It can also be convienent. I keep a copy of PuTTY along with all my keys on an encrypted portion of my USB drive. The keys are also protected by a passphrase, the extra encryption is just for my peace of mind. I can SSH into my computers from anywhere on the Internet.

If you do use public key authentication, it's critical that you disable password authentication in your /etc/ssh/sshd_config to have the line:
PasswordAuthentication no
Just don't do that until after you have made sure your keys work.


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