Re: [SLUG] WAS about Linux virii

From: Brett Simpson (
Date: Thu Feb 14 2002 - 08:58:39 EST

Even if you changed the root account name to something else they could just use ls -l to see who owns some of the / folders.


>>> 02/13/02 07:31PM >>>
Someone said:

> . . . don't run as root if you can help it.


   I can't think of why logging in as root is a security problem,
if you are logged in as `Joe', that doesn't prevent a Trojan
horse from sending your password to a guy named Lu (in China)
that tenets into an open port and logs in as root and E-mail
your private thoughts to him. (or what ever)

   What has bothered me from my start is:
   I know the name of the super user on your box, everyone
That seems to me to make security twice as hard as it needs to be.

   Does anyone know of a way to have a name other than `root'
being the super user? (In LINUX.)
(I would also want to hide his directory among all `normal' users)

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