Fedora 13 – 126.96.36.199-56.fc13.i686
Configuring SSHD to disallow root login
Being able to SSH in as root is a security hole that one just shouldn’t risk, however when you first setup a box, it’s an option that’s enabled by default. To disable it, do the following.
first we’ll need to add a new user
then we’ll need to set the password for that user
Changing password for user ppillera.
New password: blah1234
Retype new password: blah1234
passwd: all authentication tokens updated successfully.
now that we’ve got a new user to SSH in as, we can disable root ssh.
change the following to read as follows
you’ll notice that you have to delete the “#” at the begening, and change the “yes” to “no”.
then all you have to do is restart the sshd service and you’re good to go
service sshd restart
Phil Pillera <ppillera [ a t ] gmail [ d o t ] com>