HOW DO I DISABLE SSH LOGIN FOR THE ROOT USER?

To disable root SSH login, edit /etc/ssh/sshd_config with your favorite text editor.

[[email protected] ~]# vi /etc/ssh/sshd_config

Change this line:

#PermitRootLogin yes

Edit to this:

PermitRootLogin no

Ensure that you are logged into the box with another shell before restarting sshd to avoid locking yourself out of the server.

[[email protected] ~]# /etc/init.d/sshd restart
Stopping sshd: [ OK ]
Starting sshd: [ OK ]
[[email protected] ~]#

You will now be able to connect to your server via ssh with the admin user and then use the command su to switch to the root user.

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