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Offline belax

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why not to log in as root?
« on: April 28, 2011, 11:18:37 AM »

i was wondering, why is unsafe to log in as root  for an advanced linux user on a computer unconnected to internet.. i don't understand this panic.


Offline dragoncity99

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Re: why not to log in as root?
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2011, 12:54:49 PM »
There are a few reasons:

1. Root user is the highest permission user as an administration. With root access you can basically perform changes to your Linux server system configurations/files that can:
a. Delete all the system files
b. Stop services that could render your server to go down and not able serve service to clients.
c. Running installations of malicious codes that can introduce exploits/attacks.
d. Delete or reconfigure partitions accidentally....

and many more....

So, good to know and be familiar with Linux in order to administer a production Linux server with root access. If your a home user and are setting up a test environment. Feel free to do whatever you like. Nobody is going to stop you :)

So basically, depending on which situation you have root access to your Linux servers.

Offline biggsie

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Re: why not to log in as root?
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2011, 11:27:14 AM »
Being administrator allows you to make big mistakes -- most have no easy fixes

On the security side of the fence an administrator can allow someone else

To enter your computer and cripple your computers or DAMAGE friends PC's

If the GUARD is sleeping -- It is shocking to wake up to the consequences !!!