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Re: passwordless root login

On Mon, Oct 13, 2003 at 10:15:16AM +0800, Sacha Chua wrote:
> "J. Bruce Fields" <bfields@fieldses.org> writes:
> > I'd like to configure a debian box to allow root logins without a
> > password; what do I need to do?  The relevant line in the password file
> > is
> > root::0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash
> > I thought the empty password field would do the job, but apparently not.
> > There is no /etc/shadow file.
> You probably don't want to do that, as that will give everyone access
> to everything on your box.

As far as I know I don't have anything (sshd, ftpd, etc.) installed that
allows remote logins.  I'm willing to trust anyone who has access to the

Anyway, to answer my original question, it looks like what I needed to
do (in addition to making sure there was no root password in
/etc/passwd) was add "nullok" after some pam_unix.so's in the files in

--Bruce Fields

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