Renaming root users causes problems!
kenneth at uvlug.org
Sat Mar 26 08:17:19 MST 2005
I had heard that one security measure you can do for your Linux machine
is rename the root username. The system booted fine, but I found that
several services (including xinetd, and iptables) require the root user
to be named root. Is there a way around this, or is it not a good idea
to rename the root user.
I have a second question. When I realized that there were problems I
went back and renamed the root user back to root in the /etc/passwd and
/etc/group, but I forgot to fix it in /etc/shadow. So my next question
is how do you recover from that? I assumed that it would just list my
password as blank, but this didn't work. Any suggestion on fixing this?
How can you reset the root password? I had heard in earlier threads
about booting to "single" user mode. I tried that but it prompts me for
the "root password for maintenance".
I am running the Grub boot loader, with Debian Sarge.
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