Set Root Account and Change Password in Linux

With Kali Linux 2020.1 update. Developers of Kali switched the default login to a non-root user. If you installed the Kali Linux (Virtual Machine Version), the default non-root user account is kali and the password is kali as well. But if you install Kali Linux, on installation the setup will ask for a username and password.

Having a non-root user account is not a problem, you just need to add the sudo command at the beginning of all the tools which require root access like nmap.

According to the developers and we quote, "Dropping this default root policy will thus simplify maintenance of Kali and will avoid problems for end-users."

But a lot of users still don't care about security and want a root access login account. Follow the steps below:

  • Open Terminal, type sudo -i, and enter the password for the current account.
  • To change the password or set a new password, type
    • Syntax: passwd <username>
    • Example: passwd root
  • Set the Password and Confirm it.
  • Now, you can log in with the root username, and the password you just created.
  • To go back to the non-root user account. Type, logout.

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