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LUA part 4 (of 5): Changes in Windows Vista/7 - John C. Kirk — LiveJournal

Jan. 19th, 2010

03:39 am - LUA part 4 (of 5): Changes in Windows Vista/7

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From:totherme
Date:January 19th, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)
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Ubuntu does indeed not set up a root password by default.
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From:shuripentu
Date:January 19th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
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Which (for those reading who may not know) doesn't mean the root account can be accessed without a password e.g. by just hitting enter; it means the root account can't be accessed, by anyone, at all. It sits on its plinth and anyone wanting root privileges must send up a request on the ladder of sudo.

Of course, there is the option to use sudo to set up a root password, and then you can sit on the plinth when you like. Which makes me wonder: does sudo instead of root grant any extra security beyond the mental check enforced by having to prepend your command with sudo and then type in your password? I mean, if you can get access to a sudo-enabled account, you can get root, and then you can do anything.
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From:gaspodog
Date:January 19th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
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If you get access to a root account, you can do anything. If you get access to a sudo-enabled account, you still need to know the password to do root things.

There also isn't a handy account named 'root' you can try to guess the password for :)

It's not much, but it makes sense.
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