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10.5: Enable the root user
Authored by: wibbble on Dec 01, '07 04:26:42PM

Oh, I know this is massively past now, but I spend all day working in SSH onto dozens of customer machines, and we make extensive use of the root user.

Why? The user that our software runs under (and which we log into in order to avoid permissions headaches) is not in /etc/sudoers. It's not insane to require an extra - different - password to authenticate for root access. You might argue that it /is/ insane, if you're being this paranoid about security, to allow the user which is most likely to be exploited to be in /etc/sudoers.

There's good reasons why even unix admins use root instead of sudo, and while it's entirely appropriate to warn the majority of Mac OS X users to not enable root this attitude that anyone who does is a moron and will instantly be compromised is stupid and wrong.



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