I found this thread in searching for a way to sftp into my server as 'root'. I just got a dedicated from serverbeach running Redhat 9 with cPanel but I'm not an admin - I know enough basics to 'manage' a FreeBSD server (enough to be dangerous) without a control panel. I've had a site up through Verio since 1996 - a 'virtual server' running FreeBSD and this was never an issue.
I fully understand this is a security issue.
A fellow is doing the basic initial setup for me and whilst I'm not particularly adverse to telnet and the command line, for some things it's just simpler for me to graphically see the files in a window, be able to change permissions eaasily and simply and such.
From what I can tell this was possible back in version 7. I found this at redhat:
It sounds like it can be enabled. The below is from 7, but from the link above it appears it may still be applicable.
This file lists all the users that are not allowed to FTP into your machine. For example, root is listed in /etc/ftpusers by default. That means that you cannot FTP to your machine and log in as root. This is a good security measure, but some administrators prefer to remove root from this file.
I don't want anonymous ftp access at all.
Have any of you folks set up redhat 9 for ftp or sftp as root or know how?