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Configuring Telnet / FTP to login as root (Solaris)

by Jeff Hunter, Sr. Database Administrator

Now before getting into the details of how to configure Solaris for root logins, keep in mind that this is VERY BAD security. Make sure that you NEVER configure your production servers for this type of login.

Configure Telnet for root logins

Simply edit the file /etc/default/login and comment out the following line as follows:
# If CONSOLE is set, root can only login on that device.
# Comment this line out to allow remote login by root.
# CONSOLE=/dev/console

Configure FTP for root logins

First remove the 'root' line from /etc/ftpusers.

Also, don't forget to edit the file /etc/ftpaccess and comment out the 'deny-uid' and 'deny-gid' lines. If the file doesn't exist, there is no need to create it.

NOTE: If you are using Solaris 9 or Solaris 10, the ftp* files are located in /etc/ftpd

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