[linux-elitists] pop/ftp and shell

Don Marti dmarti@zgp.org
Wed Mar 29 18:10:12 PST 2000

On Wed, Mar 29, 2000 at 05:41:39PM -0800, Derek Vadala wrote:

> I'm more worried about the compromise of plaintext passwords leading to
> the compromise of a shell account. 

If somebody can ftp in a new .ssh/authorized_keys, they can log in
without knowing the password for the shell account.  Make sure the
ftp accounts only have access to an area where they can't screw up
the system.

Rick Moen recommends ftp only for _outgoing_ file transfers from your
system: http://linuxmafia.com/pub/linux/security/ftp-daemons
and has compiled a list of ssh clients, some of which support
scp to let users put files up: 

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