Disable Root SSH Login For Linux


Disable root ssh login for Linux.

It's not smart to allow root users to log in via SSH. It's no secret that every Linux system has a user named root.

Your server is and will always be vulnerable to brute force attacks if root can log in via SSH.

Disable root ssh login for Linux.

Instead, you should create another user who is able to SSH login and disable root SSH login. With this solution, the hacker must calculate both the username and password.

Create a new user:

useradd kalleanka

passwd kalleanka

Make sure your new user can log in via SSH and can use the su command to switch to the root user.

Then edit the SSH configuration file.

nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config


gedit /etc/ssh/sshd_config

Search for:

#PermitRootLogin yes

Change to: NO

Add the following line at the end of this file. This line ensures that the new user can log in via SSH.

AllowUsers kalleanka

Save and close. Restart the SSH service, using the following command:

systemctl restart sshd

Från och med nu kan endast den nya användaren logga in via SSH och därefter kan den här användaren byta till root med hjälp av su-kommandot. Om en hacker försöker logga in som en användare med SSH inaktiverad (som root), ser du följande rad i din SSH logg.

Failed password for invalid user root

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