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Are there downsides to installing node.js with root privileges?

I'm using the following code to install node: cd /usr/local/src/ wget http://nodejs.org/dist/v0.10.25/node-v0.10.25.tar.gz tar -xvf node-v0.10.25.tar.gz cd node-v0.10.25 ...
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Using the root account on a single-user system [closed]

On Linux systems it is widely considered a best practice using the root account only on occasions that necessitate administrative privileges, or disabling it altogether and relying solely on sudo to ...
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3answers
290 views

Can we have a user with the same powers/priviliges as root?

I am confused on the following in linux. Can I have a user to have the same permissions as the root. In Windows any user can be the administrator but I am not clear exactly about this on Linux. It ...
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4answers
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How to hide a code from myself until a specified time?

Essentially, what I need is some way to generate and store a random string (20 characters long, say) for some period of time, such that there is no way for me to recover the string until the end of ...
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2answers
306 views

Deleted user and root account on debian

One of my colleague removed by error etc/passwd and etc/shadow files. The problem is that now the system doesn't have any account.Impossible to connect by ssh or to work on it. How can I create a ...
0
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1answer
124 views

Timeout access with Shell

Hi I have a Debian 6 Webserver to which I can connect with Putty. But if I leave Putty open then even after 2 days I am still logged in. I have got 2 questions: How can I make sure that I will be ...
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1answer
126 views

Should you disable SSH login with root on your server? [closed]

Someone told me to disable SSH login with root for security reasons. Might I ask, why is this necessary, exactly? Wouldn't setting a very long (20+ chars long), full-printable-ASCII range, random ...
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1answer
134 views

Are there risks installing Dropbox using root on Unix?

I have installed Dropbox to my Unix server via SSH as root. I'm wondering if this was a bad idea as Dropbox is now contained under the the root home folder. Are there any additional security ...
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1answer
150 views

How to find out if root read some of my files in the home directory?

I have one non-privileged account on a Linux server and I don't want root to read my documents. How do I find out if root did something I don't want to happen? This issue is not the same as Super ...
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4answers
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Why is it possible to change the password of an admin user on linux?

A few days ago, a friend of mine, wanted to show me that he can use my linux even if I don't tell him my password. He entered in GRUB, selected the recovery mode option. My first problem is that he ...
0
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1answer
86 views

Why isn't it possible to access the root account directly in Fedora?

Why isn't it possible to access the root account directly in Fedora? In CentOS and Ubuntu we can access it, but why not in Fedora? What is the security reason for this?
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1answer
93 views

Missing something from Security 101 - No Sudo -> Boot to Recovery -> Add to admin -> Voila?

May be this is a silly question but yesterday I found myself struggling to execute the sudo command because apparently I was taken off the list on my own machine for some reason. What I did was to ...
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How to run a program as root without “sudo”?

I have a certain binary program on OS X that can only be run as root. I'm tired of prepending sudo each time I invoke it and typing the password, and would like it to automatically run as root when I ...
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3answers
487 views

All users - root. Ubuntu

i would like to set all users to be root. How can i do it? I am using ubuntu.