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Permissions Superuser


This module creates a 'superuser' role, and grants all permissions to that role. It also defines a new permission, 'administer software updates', which allows any user with the superuser role to run update.php without having to alter the $access_check (D5) or $update_free_access (D6) variables.

This module requires the Permissions API module.


This module also disables the user 1 account. The security benefit is that this greatly reduces the attack surface for privilege escalation attacks on the user 1 account.


Developed and maintained by Erich Beyrent.


  • Drupal 5
  • Drupal 6
  • Drupal 7
    • This functionality is native to Drupal 7, and there are no plans to port this module to that version.