Ubuntu: Is it safe to share your root login details to server with an IT guy?



Question:

I'm trying to find help with my website where images aren't displayed for some reason and the whole site looks like a plain text document.

I've contacted an IT guy on Fiverr in a messenger and he told me not to place an order with him first, but give him root login details to my server and to C-panel. I'm just thinking is it safe to do so? I just started learning about building websites and don't understand all nuances yet. Thank you!


Solution:1

No. It is Never safe to give out a root password. Giving some "guy on Fiverr" your root details seems wrong.

First, Ubuntu doesn't (by default) allow root logins via password, but uses sudo instead. You shouldn't have a root password to give out.

Second, by asking for the root password, rather than a sudo-enabled user account makes me wonder if the "guy on Fiverr" knows Ubuntu, or if he's just going to stir your system with a rootstick until/if it works.

Third, after granting root access, how will you track the changes the "guy on Fiverr" makes to your system? sudo (if you disallow sudo su, sudo bash, etc) keeps a history.


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