root login stops working

Wojciech Puchar wojtek at
Sun May 11 20:00:51 UTC 2008

> need root access, you should use a staff account in the wheel group to
> remotely log into the machine, then su to root.

or set

PermitRootLogin yes

in sshd_conf

much easier.

> The fact that remote direct root login is disabled is a security feature,
> meant to prevent things like brute-force attacks on root over the
> network.  It's a bad idea to change that behavior, in general.  Back when

just another stupid myth. simply use good passwords.

having to log through 2 accounts doesn't increase security. actually 
increases mess.

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