How To Configure Root Login for Telnet

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9


In rare cases root login is needed for Telnet.
This is very insecure and SUSE recommends SSH when connecting to a server as root.


Edit the file /etc/securetty and add the following to the end of the file:
This will allow up to 10 telnet sessions to the server as root. To limit the number of sessions root can have, simply remove lines. Once the file has been saved, issue rcxinetd restart to restart telnetd.

Please note as of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 the telnet server functionality is provided by the package telnet-server. Please use "yast2 -i telnet-server" to install it.


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  • Document ID:3485070
  • Creation Date: 05-Oct-2006
  • Modified Date:19-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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