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10.6: Enable root user on Snow Leopard
Authored by: CyborgSam on Sep 28, '09 09:49:32AM

YMMV, this is IMHO.

I've had root enabled on all my personal Macs, but I don't recommend average users enable root. I do not buy into the mantra that "root enabled is irrefutably wrong, you MUST use sudo." IMHO if you understand the risks involved and are comfortable enabling root, then do so.

IMHO the main risk of enabling root is it is much easier to destroy the system or lose data. IMHO the security risks of enabling root are pertinent only for servers/Macs at high risk from attack. E.g.: an Xserve at work is constantly attacked for every known security weakness (including Windows ASP...).

I enable root for two reasons: to graphically log in and to use su.

After a clean install and before adding 3rd party software, I color label items in /System and /Library. This makes it easier to identify 3rd party fonts, extensions, startup items, launch items, et al.

In Terminal (I prefer iTerm) I often just su because I get tired of typing sudo over and over and re-entering my password.

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10.6: Enable root user on Snow Leopard
Authored by: Anonymous on Sep 28, '09 12:11:51PM

Good grief. Learn about security before you start vomiting out puerile nonsense like that.

All Macs are at high risk of attack, because they're a stable platform, and many (like yours) come with *smug* installed.

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