ssh + su problem

Dave davemorgan353 at
Sun Jun 1 05:30:03 UTC 2014

On 31 May 2014 22:59:57 BST, Michael Ross <gmx at> wrote:
>On Sat, 31 May 2014 21:42:23 +0200, Will Parsons
><varro at nodomain.invalid>  
>> I have a problem in that I cannot su to root on a FreeBSD machine
>> remotely from a Windows machine.  Note that the user I'm logging in
>> *is* a member of the wheel group (and I can su locally just fine).
>> Symptoms are:
>> % su
>> Password:
>> su: Sorry
>> %
>> Although I *think* the purpose of the sshd option "PermitRootLogin"
>> to (dis)allow *direct* root ssh logins, I changed it to "yes" anyway
>> in sshd_config, but that doesn't seem to be the problem.
>> I'm inclined to think this a server-side configuration issue, since I
>> get the same result whether I use Cygwin ssh or PuTTY to log in
>> remotely to the FreeBSD machine.
>> Any ideas of what might be wrong?
>Maybe a character encoding issue, any "special" characters in your root
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There's no need to allow root login.  You can revert that to "no".


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