Allow Root to SSH for Ubuntu

This is the most insecure thing you can do to your linux system. That said however, when working on development systems at home I like to logon as SSH. Granted this is behind a firewall to a linux system with no access from the internet.

This was tested on Ubuntu 14.x on a Raspberry Pi.

I do this out of laziness. NEVER do this to an internet accessible system.

First change/set root’s password:

sudo passwd root

Edit

/etc/ssh/sshd_config

and comment out the following line by adding a # in front of it:

PermitRootLogin without-password

Then add the following line:

PermitRootLogin yes

Restart SSH:

service ssh restart

Now you should be able to remotely SSH into your system as root.

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