changing root account name

From: Kurt Yoder (kylist@shcorp.com)
Date: 10/30/01


Message-ID: <3BDEC362.7817268F@shcorp.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 10:12:34 -0500
From: Kurt Yoder <kylist@shcorp.com>
To: focus-linux@securityfocus.com
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!

Thanks

Kurt



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