ssh + su problem

Michael Ross gmx at
Sat May 31 22:00:23 UTC 2014

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 as
> *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" is
> 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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