Change admin username?

In the hardening guide https://wiki.ipfire.org/optimization/start/security_hardening/good_security_practice, under ‘Change default login details’, there is a suggestion to ‘Change the default “admin” account in IPFire to a different username which will not be obvious to an attacker’.

Can someone provide some hints as to how that might be done?

Look in /etc/httpd/conf/vhosts.d/ipfire-interface-ssl.conf There is “Require user admin” in various places. You could make changes to “Require user alice”.

There is also /var/ipfire/auth/users that contains admin:pw. You can save that file as users.orig and create a new users file that will have alice:pw (see htpasswd utility).

If all goes well, https://ipfire_address:444/ should auth as alice and password you gave.

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Paul, thank you for answer,
what will be the algorithm for adding a new user (for web-access only)?

Hi Paul,

Your suggestions worked for me – after I rebooted the system :slightly_smiling_face:

There were lots of entries showing up in /var/log/httpd/error_log:

[Sun May 30 14:32:16.752750 2021] [authz_core:error] [pid 26813:tid 2923393968] [client 10.137.113.151:38140] AH01631: user astrid: authorization failure for “/cgi-bin/index.cgi”:

but a system reboot fixed that. Would a web server restart have been adequate to recognize the edits?

Hi all,

Some time ago, I had already asked this question and @ms warned me that this modification could impact GUI access after a core update :

Login of the GUI - Security - IPFire Community

Kind regards, Stéphane

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@ms Are the modifications detailed above by paul update safe?

As long as you are using a secure password, you should be fine. But those files are part of the IPFire system configuration and will be overwritten in any of the next updates.