What is the default root password for OSx?

Discussion in 'OS X' started by cafe99, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Mar 6, 2007
    #1
    Hi,

    I have a problem, I need to install a program call zimbra and the software ask me to login as root.

    I can't remember that I have enter or change password for this super user root account.

    Anyone can point me to the right direction?

    Many thanks!:)

    Choong Leng
     
  2. macrumors 68020

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    Dec 27, 2006
    #2
    By default ROOT is not activated. You must go to your utilities folder and go to net info manager and activate the ROOT account.

    Once in net info manager go to:

    1. Security
    2. Authenticate
    3. Security
    4. Enable Root User
    5. Follow prompts

    Good luck, though playing with root is risky and make sure you are 100% sure this is required.
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

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    #3
    As long as we're talking root access, here's another question. I normally use a Standard User account, probably because I'm still a little bit skittish - I'm a recent switcher :D - and I noticed something strange. If I'm in my Standard User account and have to use the terminal and use the 'sudo' command, i get a prompt for a password. When I enter the Administrator account password, the prompt indicates that I entered the wrong password. When I log into the Administrator account, however, I can use the 'sudo' command with no problems. Why is that?

    HawaiiMacAddict
     
  4. macrumors 601

    Westside guy

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    #4
    By default only admins are in the sudoers file - however if you're reasonably Unix-savvy, you can add your non-admin account in as well (and it will stay there).
     
  5. macrumors 65816

    emptyCup

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    Jan 5, 2005
    #5
    From a technical point of view Westside answered your question. However, since you are "a little skittish", you should accept the extra security of having to log into a separate administrator account. Otherwise you might as well have the convenience of working as an administrator all the time.
     

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