Security Best Practices - Raspberry Pi - Changing Default Password


The Raspberry Pi is a small computer used for projects and to teach basic computer science skills. Raspberry Pis are are configured initially with a default username and password. When placed on the OSU ResNet network, they are vulnerable to SSH attacks and can be used to send spam or phishing emails and attack other devices on ResNet.


Follow these steps to secure your Raspberry Pi (as documented via the official website):

  1. Log into the Raspberry Pi as pi
  2. Enter the passwd command. The user will be prompted for the default password: raspberry
  3. Enter a new password.
    • Due to the nature of Linux security, the characters will not actually display as they are typed.
  4. Once the screen shows passwd: password updated successfully, the password has been changed and will apply immediately.


For assistance, contact the Service Desk.


Article ID: 63296
Mon 10/1/18 2:54 PM
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