May 2 12:57:00 brezhnev sshd: error: PAM: authentication error for root from 192.168.1.102
May 2 12:57:01 brezhnev sshd: error: PAM: authentication error for root from 192.168.1.102
hmm - poop. It seems FreeBSD isn't going to allow a root login over the network. This should be a problem - I'll just login as 'chris' and assume root with 'su'... Nope. Not that easy:
So I can't even switch to the root user when logged in onto the local machine. Well as it turns out there is a simple answer to this.. Just add the user to the wheel group and then you can su as expected. To do this I had to remove the existing user 'chris' and re-add it. I suspect there's a groups file kicking around somewhere under /etc, but it wasn't immediately apparent, so off we go..
$ rmuser -y chris
$ adduser chris (accept all defaults, but ask for chris to be added to the group 'wheel'
From now on 'chris' can switch to root user, so we're back in business.