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First, you can limit root logins to a specific device by adding an entry to /etc/default/login:
restricts root to the ALT-F1 multiscreen only. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any way to add more than one device with CONSOLE, so that locks root out of tty02 and all the rest.
Less secure, but still useful, is to test within /etc/profile to boot root out of any but the multiscreens. Code to do that might look like:
IAM=`who am i | cut -d" " -f1` TTY=`tty` if [ $IAM = "root" ] then case $TTY in /dev/tty[0-1][0-9]) : ;; *) exit 0;; esac fi
But this simplistic approach can cause problems with single user mode login. To avoid that, you need something that uses "who -r" to test the run-level and avoid the other tests if it isn't multiuser.
The 5.0.6 release adds a REMOTE_ROOT_OK keyword that can be used in /etc/default/login that *will* allow network access while when CONSOLE is set! See "man login" (5.0.6).
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