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RE: Limiting system and filesystem access

Thanks, Ed.  Maybe I'll just have to be happy with the rssh solution.
It's not perfect, but it's better than nothing.

Regards, Marshall

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[mailto:redhat-list-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Ed Wilts
Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2005 12:36 PM
To: General Red Hat Linux discussion list
Subject: Re: Limiting system and filesystem access

On Thu, Dec 08, 2005 at 11:19:46AM -0600, McDougall, Marshall (FSH)
> I apologize if this is too OT.  

It's absolutely on topic.

> So my burning question is:  How do I give this user sftp access only
> a very limited area of my system?  Any assistance appreciated.

There is no supported and secure method of chroot'ing a user using
openssh.  Sadly enough, any number of open source FTP servers will
gladly do this for you making FTP *more* secure than SFTP for this type
of application.  This is especially true if you can make ftp/tls work
for you.

What we're doing is buying the Tectia SSH server for our external-facing
servers.  It's commercial but will give us secure chroot'ed access to
the file systems for our external customers.


Ed Wilts, RHCE
Mounds View, MN, USA
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