Neohapsis is currently accepting applications for employment. For more information, please visit our website www.neohapsis.com or email email@example.com
Re: [Full-disclosure] [Full-Disclosure] (Psexec on *NIX)
From: Raj Mathur (rajulinux-delhi.org)
Date: Fri Feb 02 2007 - 02:10:47 CST
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
On Friday 02 February 2007 12:08, Valdis.Kletnieksvt.edu wrote:
> On Fri, 02 Feb 2007 13:25:11 +0800, Eduardo Tongson said:
> > On 2/2/07, Xavier Beaudouin <kiwioav.net> wrote:
> > <>
> > > Allowing direct root login even with SSH is IMHO stupid...
> > Please elaborate why is it IYHO stupid.
> In environments where more than 1 person has root access, allowing
> direct login to root means you can't keep an audit trail of which
> person logged in.
> And if your environment only one person has root access, that's
> just looking for a DoS if the one person is hit by a bus.....
I believe we have had this discussion before, but I'll iterate my
beliefs in favour of allowing direct root access again:
- - Key-based root logins are quite secure. I don't see any reason why
key-based root login would be any less secure than permitting a user
login followed by an sudo.
- - Password management is a bitch. I don't remember passwords for
about half the accounts I have. Using a key-based root login, I
don't need to remember those passwords either. If you take the sudo
route, every user has to remember each password for each account,
unless you take the deprecated route of reusing passwords (or
*horrors* allow sudo without password).
- - With a little bit of configuration, it's easy to figure out which
key was used to login to an account; the audit trail can be managed
- - Managing which users have access to which root accounts is trivial
this way: just add or delete their keys from .ssh/authorized_keys.
Of course, ideally you could use a combination of user-based and
key-based logins: allow users to login any which way they want, then
only allow key-based root ssh from localhost. Hmm, that's an idea
- -- Raju
Raj Mathur rajukandalaya.org http://kandalaya.org/
GPG: 78D4 FC67 367F 40E2 0DD5 0FEF C968 D0EF CC68 D17F
It is the mind that moves
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE-----
Version: GnuPG v1.4.6 (GNU/Linux)
-----END PGP SIGNATURE-----
Full-Disclosure - We believe in it.
Hosted and sponsored by Secunia - http://secunia.com/