Empty passwords vs ssh-agent?

Dale Harris rodmur at maybe.org
Fri Jul 18 16:26:50 EDT 2003


On Fri, Jul 18, 2003 at 12:04:52PM -0700, John Harrop elucidated:
> I'm currently switching our system from using r-commands to ssh.  We
> have a fairly small system with 27 nodes.  The only two options I can
> see with ssh are empty passwords and ssh-agent.  The first looks like it
> isn't much better for security than r commands.  (We do have ssh with
> passwords and known hosts on a portal machine.)  Using ssh-agent on a
> cluster looks like a potentially big hassle.  Or am I mistaken about the
> last impression?  After all, we have nodes that are almost hitting up
> time of 400 days so ssh-add would only have been run once for each
> cluster user.
> 
> What are people using as the clusters get bigger?
> 
> Thanks is advance for your comments and thought!
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> John Harrop
> 


I've have the same questions, too.  Is this something you're just doing
for administrative purposes?  Or are the users going to need use ssh to
authenticate themselves as well?


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Dale Harris   
rodmur at maybe.org
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