Why do I get "login on console as root" messages in the logs

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Occasionally, the following messages may appear in the system log:

login: login on console as root

or

login: login on ttyv0 as root

This is normal. It means that the console menu stopped and restarted, or someone pressed enter (didn't choose a menu option) at the console menu. To suppress these messages, enable password protection for the console login and then it will only login after authentication. If console logins are already enabled, then this means someone logged into the console.

To password protect the console:

  • Click System > Advanced
  • Find the Console Options section near the end of the page
  • Check Password protect the console menu
  • Click Save