In Tails, an administration password (also called root password or amnesia password) is required to perform system administration tasks. For example:

By default, the administration password is disabled for better security. This can prevent an attacker with physical or remote access to your Tails system to gain administration privileges and perform administration tasks against your will.

Authentication required: amnesia password (also called *administration password* or *root password*)

Set up an administration password

In order to perform administration tasks, you need to set up an administration password when starting Tails, using Tails Greeter.

  1. When Tails Greeter appears, click on the Expand button.

    Additional settings of Tails Greeter

  2. When the Additional Settings dialog appears, click on Administration Password.

  3. Specify a password of your choice in both the Administration Password and Confirm text boxes then click Add.

How to open a root terminal

To open a root terminal during your working session, you can do any of the following:

  • Choose Applications ▸ System Tools ▸ Root Terminal.

  • Execute sudo -i in a terminal.