DragonFly users List (threaded) for 2007-05
Re: Root password restrictions
Maybe I'll take a look at the installer source and track it down...
Thanks for the input though Matt!
----- Original Message -----
From: Matthew Dillon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2007 6:25 pm
Subject: Re: Root password restrictions
> :Greetings all,
> : I've noticed that the root account password (according to the
> :installer) cannot contain punctuation; why is this? A major part
> of creating
> :good passwords is the use of punctuation and special characters.
> Are there
> :plans to reverse this or was this an intentional design decision?
> :Ronald E Dahlgren
> I think that's a quirk of the installer. The normal passwd
> command doesn't have such restrictions.
> But you don't have to set a root password in the installer at all.
> In fact, you generally do not have to set a root password, ever.
> Root logins are disallowed by default so the only way to get to
> root is to su from another account. These days people almost
> never assign passwords to accounts and instead use SSH for all
> remote access, including access to the root account by changing the
> PermitRootLogin declaration in /etc/ssh/sshd_config to 'without-
> password' (which basically means: only via authenticated public
> Matthew Dillon