> As far as i know there is No danger except someone else comes into the room
> hits you with something
> in de head makes you passout and takes over the terminal
> >I've been told time and time again that it isn't good to be logged in as
> >"root" for long periods. The implication is that there's a potential
> >security breach, but no one comes out and says this.
> >So now I'm curious. What is risky about being logged in as root? Is it
> >simply the danger that someone might walk up to an unoccupied terminal?
> >Or can something else happen?
A *very* long time ago there seemed to be a risk with having a root
login caused by ANSI display code implementations... there were (are?)
sequences that allow to remap keys. So if you're logged on as root, and
have your terminal open so somebody can use write(1) or alike to write
online messages to you, your keyboard could be remapped in a way that
the next time you hit enter, strange things might happen (remap enter to
";cd /;rm -rf * <enter>" would be one of the less friendly
I haven't checked if the console code of Linux still does allow for
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