Enable root logins using ssh in Debian 8.0 (Jessie)


By default you can no longer login using ssh as root with just a password since it is more secure to use a pre-shared key.
However, you can you can still enable root logins using password authentication.

To do this you need to edit the ssh config file ‘/etc/ssh/sshd_config/sshd_config’ as root.

# nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config

Then find the entry in the Authentication section of the file that says ‘PermitRootLogin’ and change ‘without-password’ to ‘yes’.

# Authentication:
LoginGraceTime 120
#PermitRootLogin without-password   ###comment out this line###
PermitRootLogin yes      ### <---This is the line I needed to add###
StrictModes yes

Note – It is just a personal preference but when making this sort of change I prefer to comment out the original entry and create a new one.

You will need to restart the SSH server (or reboot) for this change to take effect.

# service sshd restart


You should now be able to log in as user root from WinSCP or Putty


Using the Raspberry Pi Zero as an Echolink Proxy Server

Info on changing the root password

log in as user pi
enter pi's password

sudo sh
passwd root
enter the new root password twice
exit

Most of the information I posted previously on creating a Raspberry Pi Proxy
server still hold true, but there were a few changes that I will describe here.
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