The name of the main administrative user commonly used in *nix based systems.

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DDoS Virus infection (as a unix service) on a Debian 8 VM Webserver

I maintain a (fully updated) Wordpress for a student team on a Virtual Machine on ~okeanos service for a couple of years. Today, the helpdesk informed me that i am conducting DDoS attacks, which - of ...
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Root Can't Delete Folder It Owns

Platform: CentOS 6.2 Shell: tcsh .............................................................................................................. EDIT 2 Brian Swift has pointed out a workable solution. ...
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NMAP Root different from Under Privileged user

When I use as root nmap -sP -n hostaddress I get the mac address of the hostaddress device but when I change to a different user with less privileges I do not get the mac address as a return. ...
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How do I install python with proper permissions?

So python installed probably fine. Or perhaps it was already on here (I'm using xubuntu 12.10). But I tried to install networkx today using pip: pip install networkx then says I don't have ...
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Trying to create poor man's PowerBroker

For those of you who are not familiar with PoerBroker, it is somewhat of a sudo on steroids. I know it has much more than just giving you super user abilities but this time I am only concerned about ...
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Google Compute VM instances

How do I get root access to my Google VM instance, and also how can I log into my VM Instance from my PC with a SSH client such as putty? I would also like to add that I have tried to do sudo for ...
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sudo chmod o+x but still can't run as regular user

I thought that doing sudo chmod a+x /root/file.to.execute or even sudo chmod 777 /root/file.to.execute should allow me—as a user—to run the program in question. But after doing this I still can’t run ...
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The basics of rooting android 4.4.4 [migrated]

Using several different rooting software, may it be one click apps, or quite complicated flashing tools, it is usually quite easy to root an android device. However, I am quite unsure what occurs ...
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Enable simple password for root user on CentOS

I have a machine with CentOS and I want to enable a simple password for the root user. Something like 7 characters with 2 numbers or so... But I'm getting this error: BAD PASSWORD: it is based on a ...
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root user uid got changed

I am using ubuntu server. My root account uid got changed to 0 to 1, i am not sure when and how. Becausse of this i cant execute any sudo commands on this server. This is what rroot account looks like ...
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chown: changing ownership not permitted, even though running as root

I managed to configure my Raspberry Pi as an FTP server with ProFTPD. The only problem is, I can´t upload and rename files and Windows Explorer says: 350 File or directory exists,ready for ...
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Arch Linux: Non-Root User has no sound suddenly

User 'schezuk' suddenly has no audio under Arch Linux. [OK] User 'schezuk' is in group audio. [OK] Alsa is installed. [OK] Master, Headphone and Speaker is unmuted and 100% loud. [OK] User ...
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Install SW with Non-Root User

We are trying to install a IBM Inofsphere Information Server on a RHEL 6.4 machine for a client, The client has the requirement that the software not be installed from the Root user and you must ...
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Preventing execution of sudo rm -rf /*

Do any Linux distros prevent the execution of sudo rm -rf /* so that people do not accidentally delete their hard drives if they did not know what they are doing?
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opening Sublime Text (or other text editor) from command line as root on Mac OS

I've modified my /var/root/.profile using nano (this is the only editor which works with root for some reason(. Ridiculous, I know))): export EDITOR="subl -w" alias subl="'/Applications/Sublime ...
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Get back to sudo group without recovery mode

I made a big mistake when executed command: sudo usermod -G vboxusers me instead of "gpasswd" or "adduser", and I lost sudo group. Is it possible restore it, if I dont know root password, and have ...
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Make my custom program root

I have a custom program in C, that iterates trough a directory and writes a log file with the contents in my home. However, it cannot acces /var/log/ /etc/ and other root folders. How to change that? ...
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Updating /usr/share/mime/ breaks ubuntu

I have Ubuntu 14.10 and I wanted to run a .swf file using the tutorial here (the one with the check), and I typed in update-mime-database /usr/share/mime in the terminal. It said the messages (found ...
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Mercurial commands take more than 20 seconds when run as root-user

when I call any mercurial command (hg init, hg status, hg manifest, hg add, etc) as root user, the commands take more than 20 seconds to complete: # time hg init real 0m25.226s user 0m0.156s ...
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Nmap runs slower as root than normal user

I am working on a bash script to enable automatic detection and remote control of my company's proprietary data recorders. The recorders run a custom version of linux and are essentially powerful pis ...
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How to allow root user to start up under FileVault 2 in Lion?

I just enabled Whole-Disk Encryption (under the name FileVault 2) in Mac OS X Lion. In the setup process, I was asked to select the users whose passwords can unlock the startup disk. I have the root ...
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Ssh into ubuntu guest machine from mac os host as root user

So I have set up an ubuntu virtual machine in virtualbox and the user called dhruv and the hostname dhruvhadoop. I have set up a port forwarding rule from the network settings with name ssh, no host ...
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I removed the sudo,the I have no permission to install any program?

It's seems like a big problem. I can't login as root, because I use the fedora20, and I can not use sudo. What can I do now ?
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Is there a way to stop root logins from the initial login screen without locking root account?

I'm experimenting with different settings for my machine with Ubuntu 12.04. I'm trying a login screen that requires typing in the username first, and then the password, instead of listing the users, ...
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Reset root password of a VM

I removed (distrattament) my "sudo" user from sudo group user, I can't use root because I don't know a password for root. I have an Ubuntu virtual machine and when I open Recovery Menu is limited ...
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properly not using root login for permissions with ftp

First off, I have a strong belief that I am trying to solve this issue with the entirely wrong point of view, so please, feel free to yell at me about how entirely wrong I am. My problem is that my ...
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What is the “You have new mail” message in Linux/UNIX?

Sometimes, when I log into a box and 'su' to root, I get a cute little message saying I have mail (thank GOD it's not AOL). Where is this mail? What does it contain? Who/What sent it? How important ...
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How to solve fsck.ext3: No Such file or directory on redhat 2.6.9-55

I have main two problems here: Error on boot. It said error file system. Forgot root password. How to solve them? This is error occurred when boot, how to solve it while i forgot my root ...
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Running apache as root?

First of all, I don't want to run Apache as root as I know it's a security risk. What can an attacker do if a site runs Apache as root? Can anyone give any scenario (example)?
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Suse root group not having root rights?

I am in the root group of a suse machine but when I use sudo -u <myAccount> ... I get a Root privileges are required for... a few terminal commands: $ cat /etc/sudoers: ALL ALL=(ALL) ...
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Restoring a SD card after using it to root a device

I recently purchased the Nook Touch reading device. I rooted it using the instructions on nookdevs.com Rooting included using win32diskimager to somehow transfer an .img file onto the card. Rooting ...
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How to drop privileges in a script inside a non-interactive shell?

I'm using Docker to create images that I can run as containers. I'm configuring my image all as the root user, including setting up volumes and other things. But once I've got all that configured I'd ...
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Ubuntu: secure a folder & contents ?

Assuming that the root user is pretty much off limits, how would one go about securing a folder & its contents so that viewing & using it or anything in it is denied? e.g. ls would not ...
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Is there a way to root multiple Android devices at the same time?

I need to root 20+ tablets, so I was curious if there is any way to root multiple android tablets at the same time.
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root directory - www or public_html

Is the root directory where all files are kept (directly from accessing from FTP) always "www" or "public_html" depending on what OS? Or is it possible to rename this folder? And if so, what would be ...
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Root directory permissions on Mac OS X 10.6?

I was wondering if it's normal that the root directory / should be owned by “root”. I get asked for my password every time I want to do something there (e.g. save a file, create a directory) and I ...
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Specify root dir inside tarball

Is there a way to execute tar cjvf foo.tar.bz2 project-root Such that when the tarball is extracted, it doesn't extract to project-root, but instead extracts to something else? i.e. tar xjvf ...
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Why is allowing root login via FTP( on cPanel) a considerable security risk?

I find it very convenient to administer my whole server by logging in as root. However, CSF tells me that it is a "considerable risk" to allow login to FTP via root, and other websites I googled ...
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How do I enable the root account in Mac OS X?

I know how to enable root account on Mac OS X Leopard, but not Snow Leopard or newer OS X versions. How can I do it?
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How can I become root in Yosemite? [duplicate]

I have a late 2013 Mac Pro running Yosemite. How can I become root in Yosemite? There is no root user listed in Users & Groups under System Preferences... I need help to be able to be root so I ...
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How can I delete root users?

This is my passwd file: root:x:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash m:x:0:100::/home/m:/bin/bash masoudjjgh:x:1000:100:masoudjjgh:/home/masoudjjgh:/bin/bash I try to delete user m that I am created: ...
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Change root '/' partition to another disk

I bought a new SSD and I want to transfer my current / directory there without loosing any data. I already copied the files to the SSD using a livecd but I don't know how to tell the system than now ...
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Used recursive chown on the root directory

I'm going to need some help restoring my ssh settings as I screwed everything up by calling this command: chown -R user / At the moment im not able to access the site through ssh/ftp since the ...
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How can I find out which user logged in as root?

We have a couple of servers which are managed by a large group of admins. They usually log in as service users (say hudson) and then switch to root to make some small fix. This means we often can't ...
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Why does Linux Ubuntu/Mint lack a root account?

This is a question about Linux Ubuntu (and Mint). As a new user to the Linux system, I was interested in the fact that Ubuntu doesn't allow the PC owner to be root/administrator. Regardless of whether ...
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Can't install Parallels Tools on Debian 7.2.0

(Parallels Desktop 9, latest version) As per instructions, I switch to root: $ su - root $ whoami root $ echo $EUID 0 and then execute the installer: $ cd /media/cdrom0 $ ./install and I get ...
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Could a user space process start a root sub-process?

I am using Ubuntu Linux and I have Viber proprietary software running on it. Today I saved a file using Viber and I realized that it has been stored in file system with root user as its owner. I dug ...
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Debug mode on Nexus 4 with a broken MicroUSB port?

I broke the MicroUSB port of my Nexus 4. It works correctly when charging but not with the debug. I need to know how to enable the debugging over the Wi-Fi connection knowing that I cannot use in any ...
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CentOS : Removed /root

I have been doing experiments with CentOS and now I am in a situation. I have added an user by mentioning his home directory as /root and then I did userdel -rf <username> So its does the ...