Disable root login via ssh

As default in many Linux distributions root login via ssh is possible. But depending on your risk awareness this might be a bad idea. E.g. normally you should not work as root, but have a special user that adminsters the system. So why allowing to login as root via ssh? For that reason it’s a good idea to deactivate the possibility to login as root.

Furthermore this prevents an attacker to brute force your root account. Of course attacking an administrative account might be bad as well, but this isn’t the same category by far.

Deactivating root login via ssh is possible by simply configuring the ssh deamon. Just open /etc/ssh/sshd_config and set the following configuration parameter in this file. In case PermitRootLogin is not set just add it to the sshd_config file.

After that simply restart your ssh deamon via /etc/init.d/sshd restart or via service sshd restart depending on your init system.

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