Renaming root account

Wouter wouter at
Thu Mar 3 09:22:08 GMT 2005

Renaming root is generally a bad idea, what you could do, however, is set a
password on(thus enabling) the "toor" account and set root's shell to

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Craig Edwards" <brain at>
To: <freebsd-security at>
Sent: Thursday, March 03, 2005 09:03
Subject: Renaming root account

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> Hi everyone,
> One quick question: Is it safe and/or sensible to rename the root
> account, so that the only uid 0 user on a system is something different
> to root? I can see how this would be effective against external
> attackers who have no knowledge of the internals of the system as they
> would spend pointless hours trying to crack a user which doesnt exist,
> however to internal users they could always just cat /etc/passwd and see
> that root has been renamed. So firstly, is this possible, and security
> wise is it of any real use? Can anyone think of any apps it would break
> that assume that the uid 0 user is called root and don't just address
> the user by its uid?
> Thanks,
> Craig Edwards
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