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Is there any way to rename the Plesk admin account username?

Discussion in 'Plesk 9.x for Linux Issues, Fixes, How-To' started by Justin Clarke, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. Justin Clarke

    Justin Clarke Regular Pleskian

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    Is there any way to rename the Plesk admin account username?

    I only have the one login name which is the default "admin" username, can this be renamed to make it more secure? I.e, so people can't just guess that admin exists.

    Thanks.
     
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    IgorG Forums Analyst Staff Member

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    Parallels Plesk Panel renames Mysql 'root' account to 'admin' when the Panel is installed. To get root privileges simply login with the 'admin' username instead. The password is the same as the admin password in Plesk. You can find it in /etc/psa/.psa.shadow. I think that you can rename it but consequences can be unpredictable. Especially during Plesk upgrade procedure.
     
  3. Justin Clarke

    Justin Clarke Regular Pleskian

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    Thanks for that info. I thought that if it was simple and didn't affect much else then I would be worth it. Cheers.
     
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    IgorG Forums Analyst Staff Member

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    Also, as far as I remember it is hardcoded. Therefore it is impossible to change admin account name.
     
  5. femotvaff

    femotvaff Basic Pleskian

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    Hi, I suppose that is possible to change admin email too, right?
    But it's the first time we tried to change email and seems to not work.

    Even in the panel the email is updated, the emails are sent to old email with old name (contact name)...
    Have you any idea how could we fix this?
     
  6. David Venancio

    David Venancio New Pleskian

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    I am very sorry, but I have to disagree entirely.
    If we can change the "admin" username, of course it will add more complexity to brute force attacks.
    Statistically can even change the fact that Joomla will be less targeted than it is now.
    Maybe you have to consider Two Factor Authentication for better security.
    Thanks.
     
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