The "root" account is the most privileged account on a Unix system.

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Is there a way to run a privileged command upon successful SSH login (not necessarily with shell or PTY)?

I'd like to run a privileged command upon successful SSH logins at the server's end. However, this has to be in the server configuration (sshd_config or anything else that cannot be manipulated or ...
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How to properly configure sudoers file, on debian wheezy?

I have seen many blog posts that say, it is enough to do aptitude install sudo su root adduser USERNAME sudo But that only protects aptitude, in other words: aptitude install sendmail will ask ...
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Root password keep changing

This is frustrating. I am often able to login with a root password. Then I cannot login again. However, I am still logged in. Hence my password must be correct. I changed the root password with ...
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rkhunter warns me about root.rules

I run : :~$ sudo rkhunter --checkall --report-warnings-only One of the warnings I've got : Warning: Suspicious file types found in /dev: /dev/.udev/rules.d/root.rules: ASCII text and ...
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How to give user root permissions?

I just installed Arch. Works great. I created a new user, logged in with it and now I'm trying to install several thing with pacman. But I keep getting the error: error: you cannot perform this ...
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How to auto log on with root user in Fedora?

I'm a newbie in Linux, and I want to enable auto log on with root user for specific purpose. It's so bored when every time I power on my PC to study and I have to input user and password.
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Change sudo and root password on Debian

I have sudo access, but I don't remember the sudo or root password; how do I change it from my limited account using sudo?
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How to execute changes on remote server as root?

I'm wondering if there is a way to execute a script/commands from the the local machine without making any modifications as root on the remote machine? Some background I'm trying to setup some tasks ...
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How to open root directory on second HDD?

My situation is very specific. I've applied chmod -R 777 / on my CentOS 7 server, so my system screwed up on next reboot. I took server HDD home and connected it via SATA cable to my home PC. Now I've ...
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Emptying a file for root user does not work [duplicate]

I use below command to empty a file > file.txt It works perfectly fine! But there are some files with root user permissions. So I tried sudo > different-file.txt and I got below verbose ...
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Understanding a couple of points regarding root privileges

I just wanted to confirm my understanding of a couple of things related to root privileges. Is it correct that: The user name "administrator" is not a reserved name with implied privileges, it is ...
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Password protect a single folder ( not a web folder )

I run debian and I'm looking to limit a folder to only be accessible by one user. How do I set the permissions up so only that one specific user can enter it, and no other user. The folder I'm talking ...
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How to use programs by users who haven't installed them themselves?

I have created a new user on my Ubuntu Linux at which I am the root. My root account has access to Wine, I want to use Wine from my newly created account without having to install it again. I have ...
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Resizing root partition in LVM broke Grub

I'm using Debian Wheezy hosted on W7 in Virtualbox. I needed to enlarge root partition then added a new virtual disk to virtual machine. Doing the steps mentioned below brings me to grub prompt. I: ...
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Process ownership on linux changes to root when the user tries to kill the process

We have a bunch of RHEL machines which all run an application binary that is owned by root and has SUID set. Let's say user X starts the application, the process starts with PPID 1, since SUID is set ...
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How do you change the root password on Debian?

I want to change the password I assigned to root on my Debian webserver to something longer and more secure. Bit of an obvious newbie question, but how do I do that? I haven’t forgotten/lost the ...
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Why is root login via SSH so bad that everyone advises to disable it?

Everybody on the Internet advises to disable root login via SSH as it is a bad practice and a security hole in the system, but nobody explains why it is so. What is so dangerous in enabling root ...
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How do the internals of sudo work?

How does sudo work internally? How is it possible that it can become root without having the root password, unlike su? What syscalls, etc. are involved in the process? Is it not a gaping security hole ...
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When does Linux send a root mail and how to force it for testing purposes?

Let's say I want to test root mail functionality after I set up nullmailer, how do I force my Debian Linux system to send a root mail? And furthermore on which events does Linux send root mails at ...
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Convenient way to upload a file to a server's application directory?

I very often need to upload some kind of file to a server, to put some application directory somewhere. Since my user account is of course unprivileged, I generally have to do this: scp file.txt ...
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Log all root activity with original username who su'd/sudoed to root

What is the preferred method to keep track of who is acting as root in the logs when root login is disabled (SSH) but users can run sudo -i or su - to become root? I would like to follow every ...
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OpenEmbedded: root account doesn't exist!

I'm using the current OpenEmbedded system from: http://git.openembedded.org/openembedded-core/tree/ (For what it's worth, I'm also pulling in layers from ...
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Run Xserver as root

I am working with an ARMStone a9 board which has iMX6 linux kernel. I am doing an embedded application in which I have to show a video from Ipcamera. The thing is that I attached the screen to my ...
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How to Determine the IP Address of who logged into Root?

There are several people with root access to a particular VM I am in charge of. I would like to find out which IP address was used to log into root.
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Linux Mint root app theming breaks when changing controls

So, this is a strange occurrence, which seems similar to other questions but which I've not been able to find a reference for. Maybe my Google-Fu is not strong right now. It seems to be a common ...
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Enable root login from GUI

I just installed Mint 16 and I see that root user is not available at login screen. I log in from normal user and went to "Login Window" option and there I set "Allow root login". Then I restarted the ...
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Software like Iceweasel and LibreOffice wont run without root/sudo

I recently decrypted my home directory by making a backup of my home directory, deleting the directory, and then replacing it again with the backup (followed a guide). Ever since, I can no longer run ...
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Lightweight virtualization on Linux with user isolation

What Linux-on-Linux virtualization technologies provide user isolation? Specifically, I want root in the virtual machine not to have any privilege on the host. This was not the case for LXC, but was ...
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Why is Debian's root shell colorless?

Are there any security concerns? What is the best way to enable it?
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switching from user to root and revers (FreeBSD)

I want to make some modification with root and then with my user, in fact I want to install sudo and he give me the error in the first step: cd /usr/ports/security/sudo make install clean ...
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install .deb package locally without using sudo [duplicate]

I am using Debian in my office which is controlled by an administrator. I want to install rescuetume. I downloaded the .deb file in my local disk and I want to install it locally. Every time I do ...
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Reserved space for root on a filesystem - why?

I understand that by default, newly created filesystems will be created with 5% of the space allocated for root. I also know you can change the defined space with: tune2fs -m 1 /dev/sdXY What I'm ...
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Problem with vim when logged in as root

When I login as root or edit a file by sudo mode all of the options in my /etc/vimrc are not working (e.g. highlight line-number etc.)
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How to determine if X server runs with root privileges

This is a one-liner: Is there a way/command to check if the X server is run as root or as user? This was supposed to be a one-liner but alas... I recently upgraded my Arch Linux box. After the ...
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Becoming root from inside Vim

Sometimes I start editing configuration files in /etc using Vim, but forget to use sudo to start Vim. The inevitable result then is that after finishing my edits I encounter the dreaded notice that I ...
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Linux SSH logging via PUTTY

I have Linux console, managed from Windows. Can login to Linux console from MSTSC service of Windows, as xrdp is installed on Linux. However I cannot login via Putty with SSH connection. It's ...
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How do I run as a limited user while logged in as Root, and another question

Is there a way to, on linux, do: run as limited user when logged in as root? (like sudo but vice versa, so instead of GRANTING rights, it limits them, i.e., for use with "bundle install" for missing ...
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How should I change root@mydomain when I send from mail() php function?

I've installed sendmail in Ubuntu as below: apt-get install sendmail Then I sent an Email to test, I received Email from root <root@mydomain>. I checked the content of /etc/aliases, but it ...
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Unable to get rid of root user and privileges

I am told that the most basic security to set up in Linux is to change the superuser name from root to something obscure so I run these steps to add new user $ /usr/sbin/adduser new_username $ ...
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how to verify if root password changed correctly

I have an OpsWare task, that changes root passwords on a massive number of servers, by replacing the root's password hash in /etc/shadow file. I need a script of some sort, which preferably runs ...
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How to get back sudo on Ubuntu?

I have done this: sudo chown -R myname /usr/ and now I can't use the sudo command because of this error: sudo: must be setuid root And as I read this means that the owner of this file ...
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Vim Error 'E212: Cannot open file for writing', when trying to create new files outside of home dir

I am running Wheezy Debian. When I try to create a new file in a directory other than my home directory, such as /var/www, I get the following error in vim: E212: Cannot open file for writing. I ...
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How universal is sudo?

I was writing some instructions on how to install something (TeX-related - if you don't ask, I won't ruin your day by supplying more details) and used sudo to install system-wide. Someone commented ...
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Changing root password does not change sudo password

I'm trying to change the password that get's asked when doing sudo. I'm in Ubuntu. Doing 'sudo passwd' or 'sudo passwd root' does give me the two new password questions, and it successfully changes ...
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Desktop app run by admin user (but not explicitly with sudo) takes file ownership of shared file

Similar to http://stackoverflow.com/questions/15143614/file-ownership-changes-to-root-after-saving-from-a-program-in-ubuntu but I can't use the answer since I'm not running a command-line app as sudo. ...
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No password to run command as root for fixed command? [duplicate]

Is it possible to define a rule in sudoers to allow one user to run one well defined command as root, without password or other authentication except being the right user? Are there alternatives to ...
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Does root not require a password to log in as a user?

Does root not require a password to log in as a user even though a password has been set for that user? When I am logged in as "root", su user logs me in as "user". There is no prompt for a password. ...
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Openning root terminal by keyboard shortcut

I am using Debian Linux and I am setting some shortcuts on it. So in keyboard window I went to shortcut, added gnome-terminal, and set Ctrl + t as the keys. But in Debian we also have "Root ...
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How to correctly enable sudo for user in Fedora 20

I followed this question in order to enable sudo command for my created user. So I added it into the wheels group and edited the /etc/sudoers file accordingly. But what I don't get about this is when ...
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Error when running X11 application as root

I get this wierd error when I run applications as root. **(gedit:630): WARNING **: could not open X display No protocol specified Unable to init server (gedit:630): Gtk-WARNING **: Cannot open ...