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How to: Disable Root Login SSH cPanel

Hey peeps. Here’s how to go about disabling root login for a linux cPanel CentOS server.
In this example we’ll assume you want to login as mrsnoopdog before being able to login as root, meaning you’ll need to utilize the ‘su’ command.
First, let’s create ‘mrsnoopdog’:

groupadd mrsnoopdog
useradd mrsnoopdog -gmrsnoopdog

Now let’s give ol mrsnoopdog a password!

passwd mrsnoopdog

Enter your pass twice. Put it in a nice secure place.

Now if you’re on a cPanel server, you can login to WHM and add your new user under ‘manage wheel group users’ and add you new user; else, no cPanel, edit ‘/etc/group’ and add your new user, in our case mrsnoopdog, after wheel:x:10:root to look like after wheel:x:10:root,mrsnoopdog.

Now, sit back and say ‘grrrreat’ and sip your Guinness. Ok, back to work…
Let edit the file /etc/ssh/sshd_config and change:

Protocol 2,1


Protocol 2


#PermitRootLogin yes


PermitRootLogin no

Then issue: service sshd restart

While you’re still in the server, open another shell and test it out before you logout.

If it all fails, visit your WHM with “scripts2/doautofixer?autofix=safesshrestart” behind and it will all go back to normal. 🙂

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