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Questions as I read: disable_root
The default behavior in some linux distributions is to disable login to
root regardless of where the user is coming. Having a way to set this,
regardless of the distro default I see as a big plus - HOWEVER, from an
AIX viewpoint I have a question/comment.
Within AIX (and maybe Linux, freebsd, et al) it is possible to
distinguish between login from a remote location (i.e., via network) or
"local" - via console or physical COM (rs232) port. I expect the
cloud-init model is as I have experienced (limited) Linux. Login is
available/permited regardless of "wherefrom", or it is denied - regardless.
What I would like to see (read, what I recommend) for root on AIX, is
that by default "remote" login is disabled, but "local" login is
permitted. In other words, login via a virtual console (via HMC or IVM)
is permitted, otherwise - not.
So, I would add an extra setting:
and the default is true for cloud-init (aix distro would change it's
value to remote).