changing root account name

From: Kurt Yoder (
Date: 10/30/01

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Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 10:12:34 -0500
From: Kurt Yoder <>
Subject: changing root account name

Hello all

Would there be any benefit in changing the account name of "root"? For
instance, I could change the uid 0 account to have the name "foobar".
Then, if someone were trying to break into the root account, they would
have an additional step; instead of logging in as root, they'd first
have to find out what the uid 0 account was called. Of course, "su"
would always work, but an attempted root login via the network would be
more difficult, right?

Any comments on this idea would be appreciated!