secure remote backups

mike wolman
Thu, 22 Nov 2001 12:33:12 +0000 (GMT)

Hi Ben,

I will give your suggestions a try, I am not too keen on
opening up root ssh access on the remote machines but i will
give your other suggestions a try.



On Wed, 21 Nov 2001, Ben Escoto wrote:

> >>>>> "MW" == mike wolman <>
> >>>>> wrote the following on Wed, 21 Nov 2001 14:41:15 +0000 (GMT)
>   MW> Hi Ben, I have tried your suggestion however when i try to ssh
>   MW> and su i get the following problem from su: standard in must be
>   MW> a tty
>   MW> I have had a hunt for anybody else trying to run su from ssh but
>   MW> have not found a solution.
> Hmm, I think something like the ssh-then-su method still could work,
> but you would need some more complicated wrapper...  Ok, how about
> these suggestions instead:
> 1.  Suid script that runs rdiff-backup --server.  I think you would
>     have to create another user id, and make sure only that user has
>     access to the script.
> 2.  Instead of running rdiff-backup on machine A and trying to get it
>     to log in to machine B which doesn't accept ssh root logins, run
>     rdiff-backup on machine B (after you 'su' normally) with machine A
>     being remote.
> 3.  Reconfigure ssh on the remote machine to accept root logins.  To
>     do this, make sure the line
> PermitRootLogin yes
>     appears in your sshd configuration file, usually at
>     /etc/ssh/sshd_config.
> Anything here look promising?
> --
> Ben Escoto