Discover the definition of the term Root presented by Les Assises de la Cybersécurité.


The "Root" user is, in POSIX systems (including Unix or Linux, but also MacOS) a privileged user with the necessary rights to administer the entire system (although the latest versions of MacOS have moved away from this model slightly). Because of the privileges it enjoys, the root account is of course a prime target for an attacker.

If your system administrator tells you that he is about to "cut the root", let's hope he is not talking about his office colleague...

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