[Gllug] ssh authentification

Ryland, Peter peter.ryland at squaregain.co.uk
Thu Jul 27 17:03:56 UTC 2006

On Wed, 2006-07-19 at 01:26 +0100, Tethys wrote:
> Joel Bernstein writes:
> >Frighteningly, you can remove the passphrase on a SSL private key.
> >Stupid apache admins who don't know about "apachectl -k graceful" do
> >that so they can have unattended restarts of apache mod_ssl.
> There's nothing stupid about it at all. You have a choice. Either
> you require human interaction to start the server, or you don't. If
> you choose the latter, then you basically have to use passphraseless
> private keys (unless you go for a hardware solution, but that's not
> practical in most cases). You're trading off security for availability.
> Where you lie on that spectrum determines which strategy you use.

You could also ask apache to run an arbitrary command to ascertain the
password, so all sorts of things are then possible.


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