Enable SSH root login on Debian Linux Server

After fresh system installation the root login on the Debian Linux is disabled by default. When you attempt to login as root user to your Debian Jessie Linux server the access will be denied.

To enable SSH login for a root user on Debian Linux system you need to first configure SSH server. Open /etc/ssh/sshd_config and change the following line:

PermitRootLogin without-password
PermitRootLogin yes

Once you made the above change restart your SSH server:

# /etc/init.d/ssh restart
[ ok ] Restarting ssh (via systemctl): ssh.service.

From now on you will be able to ssh login as a root:

$ ssh [email protected]
[email protected]'s password: 

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