[CS-FSLUG] Are ssh shared keys in the wild?

Josiah Ritchie josiah at josiahritchie.com
Thu May 31 07:39:15 CDT 2012

On Wed, May 30, 2012 at 9:31 PM, Tim Young <Tim.Young at lightsys.org> wrote:
> In the general sense, it is not good to disable the root password.  Some
> distros require the root pw before you can boot into single-user mode.
>  Also, if you boot up and fsck fails, it asks for the root password before
> you can drop back into fsck-mode.  A savvy techie can get around those
> through a number of different approaches, but you need to know what you are
> getting into.
> If a generic someone were to simply ask me if they should disable the root
> password, I would say "it is usually not a good idea."  If they told me they
> wanted to disable it, we would need get into a discussion about what distro
> they were using, how would they deal with it if the box would not boot, etc.
>  If they could answer enough information, then it is fine.
> Does that answer your question?

Yep, I see your point. Thanks Tim.

>    - Tim Young
> On 5/30/2012 8:19 PM, Josiah Ritchie wrote:
>> Why do you say it is a bad idea to disable the root password?



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