But, what should be te correct approach when you want to copy root's files and/or remote execute programs as root with scripts using scp/ssh and key authentication? Like:

        scp master.passwd host2:/etc/
        ssh host2 'pwd_mkdb -p /etc/master.passwd'

Tar them, chown the user logtransfer, use logtransfer user to transer files.

never ever use root for that it's highly insecure ( imho even with key auth ).

"remote execute programs" why? cant you locally run them and fetch them with a dedicated lowerlevel account?

Root is almighty, use it with precaution, locally , or with su -,sudo.

Use it remote, get whacked, everything breaks, too bad.

My approach in a "hard" way :-)


- Marcelo


Kind regards,

Remko Lodder
www.mostly-harmless.nl A Dutch community for helping newcomers on the hackerscene
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