[SOLVED] Disable the Password for Root Login doesn't work

Posted February 13, 2017 3k views
Linux BasicsLinux CommandsUbuntu 16.04

Edit: I figured it out. “reload ssh” doesn’t work, but “sudo service ssh restart” does. Carry on!


I followed the instructions here, and now my /etc/ssh/sshd_config looks like this (in the relevant section):

# Authentication:
LoginGraceTime 120
PermitRootLogin without-password
StrictModes yes

However, I’m still able to log in as root with my password, even from another machine. Note, when I enter the command “reload ssh”, I get the following error message:

reload: Name "com.ubuntu.Upstart" does not exist

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Thanks for updating with the solution. 💙