Myth - There is no root account under Ubuntu

December 2016




Myth


There is no root account under Ubuntu.

Reality


FALSE.

Explanations


Run the following command:
 cat /etc/passwd


However the root account exists with a blank password which is however restricted. There is no way to use the root account for login.

Ubuntu has made this choice for security reasons to unable the use of the root account to log into the computer, both locally and remotely.
  • To access a root shell, type in a terminal:
    sudo -i
  • To run a command as root, type:
    sudo command
  • To start a graphical application as root, type :
    gksudo application

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