set root password in sshd_config file

Hi, i need to enable root ask for password when connecting through ssh, but when i add the line: passwd root in sshd_config file and restart the service it fails. The error message points to that line. I’ve also set PasswordAuthentication to yes, just above passwd root.

Thanks for any help.

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While you are highly encouraged to use SSH keys for authentication when connecting to a server, you can enable access via password for the root account.

You are seeing that error as that line is incorrect. That is a command to run, not a line to put in the file.

First, to permit root logins with a password, you would need to add the following to your sshd_config file:

PermitRootLogin yes
PasswordAuthentication yes

Then to actually set the password for the root account, you will need to run this command:

  1. sudo passwd root

It will prompt you to enter a new password for the root user.