Advocating And Supporting Insecure Practices

Posted by ardchoille on Aug 30, 2009 12:16 AM EDT
Ian's Thoughts; By Ian MacGregor
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By default, the root account password is locked in Ubuntu - Canonical neither supports nor advocates enabling the root account. This means that you cannot login as root directly or use the su command to become the root user. However, since the root account physically exists it is still possible to run programs with root-level privileges. This is where sudo comes in - it allows authorized users (normally "Administrative" users) to run certain programs as root without having to know the root password.

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