Remote root access

Posted on 2000-03-19
Last Modified: 2010-04-20
I am running Linux Redhat 6.2. FTP and telnet have both been set up, but I can not remotely log in as root. I can log in with any other ID.

What do i need to do to allow remote root access?

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You can subvert the security and allow root to log in remotely, but it's really not a good idea. The best approach is to access the system as an ordinary user and then su to root.

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Yes, I understand you can I just need to know how to do it with linux. The machine exists only in a home network and is behind a firewall so I am not that worried about unauthorized access at this point.

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Okay, if you really want to do it, you need to remove or rename /etc/securetty.

As an alternative to allowing direct root logins, I can give you a small program that allows easy access to root privs without requiring root's passwd.

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