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  • Adding a New Non-Root User in Kali Linux

    Kali Linux is a fantastic operating system for penetration testing and security evaluation. It comes with virtually all security tools built in, it’s lightweight by default, and it has a huge ecosystem that is constantly helping with the project.

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    I created a new installation of Kali Linux recently. One of the first post-installation tasks I did was to create a new user for daily use. Sadly, Kali only creates a default root user during setup. Running as root all the time is a horrible security practice, so I recommend that you create a new user as soon as possible after installation.

    To create a new user in Kali Linux, first pop open a Terminal window.


    Then use the adduser command. In this example I’m creating a user named mikedan with a home directory of /mikedan so the command is adduser –home /mikedan mikedan.


    Adduser prompts for the rest of the information, which is optional.

    The user account is created. Now I test it by logging out from root and logging in as mikedan. To be sure I open a new Terminal window and type whoami.

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    Finished! The user account took only a few seconds to create and works as expected.


    Mike Danseglio – CISSP, MCSE, and CEH

    Mike Danseglio teaches IT Security Training, Windows, System Center and Windows Server 2012 classes at Interface Technical Training. His classes are available in Phoenix, AZ and online with RemoteLive™.

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    1. Abd-El Rahman Mamdouh

      is that recommended ? i am new on Kali Linux and i don’t wanna try it on root user
      so its good to create another user to use it
      but my inquiry is
      can i try the hack tools on non-root user ?

      a noob need advice here XD

    2. john black

      this will set up a user mikedan on /mikedan which is not what i wanted.
      the syntax that worked for me was:-
      adduser –home /home/mikedan mikedan
      this set up a user on /home/mikedan which is what i wanted.
      but thank you for the idea which puzzled me.

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