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    Question Renaming the root account

    Hey guys, how are things?
    I was wondering if it's alright to rename the root account under BT3Final, just for security purposes?
    Has anyone done that?
    Thanks!

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    How is that going to help security? The account will still have root access.
    Of course, if you really wanted to have some fun, go to Wal-Mart late at night and ask the greeter if they could help you find trashbags, roll of carpet, rope, quicklime, clorox and a shovel. See if they give you any strange looks. --Streaker69

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    I have SSH opened to the net for remote login and I want to change the name of root to something else.
    It's kind of like changing the name of admin user under Windows.
    I am sure you get the "why?" .
    Can it be done or not? I tried searching for the answer somewhere else first, but wasn't sure of the answers. I wanted to also ask you guys,for a more reliable source of advice!
    Thanks!

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    AFAIK you can't. I could be wrong though. I don't allow root ssh access, too many ssh brute forcers out there.
    Of course, if you really wanted to have some fun, go to Wal-Mart late at night and ask the greeter if they could help you find trashbags, roll of carpet, rope, quicklime, clorox and a shovel. See if they give you any strange looks. --Streaker69

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    can't u just use rsa/dsa token authentication instead? wouldn't that stave off ssh brute forcers? or no?

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    Alright!
    I will try a different remote login option! How about an account lockout after 2-3 wrong attempts? That could really slow someone down!
    I will google it, where it will lock someone out for 1 hour or 2 after so many wrong attempts! If someone knows the command for those settings, please feel free and post it. It would spare me some time, if not, no worries, I will check my Linux books out!
    Thanks Barry for the time!

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    I don't think you can rename root, however you could disable remote logins via root for ssh and setup another super user account that can ssh in.
    I'm a compulsive post editor, you might wanna wait until my post has been online for 5-10 mins before quoting it as it will likely change.

    I know I seem harsh in some of my replies. SORRY! But if you're doing something illegal or posting something that seems to be obvious BS I'm going to call you on it.

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    Hi there,

    just found a nice paper which i want to share to you.
    I know its not up to date, but if you want to take a look:

    h x x p://w w w.puschitz.com/SecuringLinux.shtml#LockingUserAccountsAfterTooMan yLoginFailures


    <terminal86>

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    Terminal86, I really appreciate you in taking the time to post this link!
    Super! Just what I needed!
    Thanks!

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    I'm a compulsive post editor, you might wanna wait until my post has been online for 5-10 mins before quoting it as it will likely change.

    I know I seem harsh in some of my replies. SORRY! But if you're doing something illegal or posting something that seems to be obvious BS I'm going to call you on it.

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