Default credentials (Linux)

Q: I just received a system with a pre-installed Linux operating system. What is the password for logging into the system?

A: This will depend on the distribution we installed, as various distributions can carry different default access policies. The credentials listed here will give root or super user access to the system.

For distributions that allow root login by default, such as RHEL, CentOS, or Scientific Linux:

  • username: root
  • password: fln75g

For distributions that do not allow root login by default, such as Ubuntu:

  • username: user
  • password: fln75g

No other user accounts are provided in standard installs, so be sure to create your users after logging in as an administrator.

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