Disable SSH root login

Providing direct login access to root via SSH is not a good practice. Administrators should use sudo to switch to root after logged in as themselves. this will helpful in auditing in terms of security.

Here is the step by step procedure to disable/deny direct root login via SSH

1. Login to the server as Root

2. Edit /etc/ssh/sshd_config

    Look for the line,

and then change the value of it to,


3. Restart the sshd service and make sure its turned on

    service sshd restart        or     /etc/init.d/sshd restart
    service sshd status

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August 19, 2019 at 7:26 AM delete

I'm so happy to read this. This is the kind of manual that
needs to be given and not the accidental misinformation that's at the other blogs.
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