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unixguru88
26th July 2007, 04:35 PM
Is there anyway to make system-config-* apps use my password instead of root password for system administration. I heard that this approach is more secure. If this is possible, can I then completely disable the root account?

twn250
26th July 2007, 05:15 PM
I'm intrested in how this is more secure than using the root account? Do you have any links to this so I can read up on it? I installed Kubuntu a couple of days ago and was curious how secure it was not having to type root password when doing changes.

bbfuller
26th July 2007, 05:30 PM
The kubuntu approach relies on the "sudo" program. With this an administrator can specify just what a user can do as super-user, but as I see it in the kubuntu model that is quite a lot though not everything.

The snag is you give those rights to an ordinary user (unless you remove them).

With other distributions you have a limited user who can't do things to their own machine unless they are granted use of the root password.

For a home user I would suggest that it is really academic, or a matter of personal taste.

Where it becomes of greater consequence is in a business situation where you may want to control what your users can do to their machine.

unixguru88
27th July 2007, 06:44 AM
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RootSudo
http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/security
and article saying root is more secure than sudo
http://www.linuxboxadmin.com/articles/tools-and-utilities/os-x-sudo-vs.-root-the-real-story.html