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TOPIC: I feel very uneasy about being limited within root

I feel very uneasy about being limited within root 4 months 3 weeks ago #1

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RPiD:~ # passwd root

 There is no working 'passwd'.

 The 'passwd' command changes passwords for user accounts.

 With OpenELEC it is not possible to change the system password

 SSH is included only as a last support resort. SSH is off by default.
 Most users never need SSH and need help using it so we need a default
 password. If you need to keep SSH always on then this is unsupported
 but can be secured with certificates.

I, like many Linux users, use Linux for its power, its customization, its open source nature. When I cannot have access to changing default passwords that becomes a huge security concern for my extensively large network since I also host websites and miscellaneous servers on my home network and I use other servers to back up other servers and computers. I need to modify openelec to my own needs for security reasons. Without certain things like apt or passwd, I can't add my networked security to it.

This is something I am setting up for my parents, I can't come over every time they have a problem so I need remote access (ssh) to do something as simple as restart it for them or diagnose a problem from afar without physical access. I need to change passwords, I need full supercow powers. I shouldn't have to tear apart the OS in order to do what I want, it would be simpler just to make my own from scratch.
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