Re: Rename root to avoid hacking?

From: Rick Moen (
Date: 09/21/05

Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2005 17:16:13 -0400

Noozer <> wrote:

> If I rename root, it eliminates a known user for a hacker to try to break in
> as.

UID zero remains UID zero, regardless of name. I doubt that any system
intruders are going to be stupid enough not to know that, though I
suppose it's possible in a wide and varied world.

> I'm not suggesting that this is the only measure to take, just if it's worth
> doing and will I have other issues if I do rename root.

If you want to make the intruder laugh, and thus improve his day, go for

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