[buug] Secure Shell Success?

Zeke Krahlin zk_lists at yahoo.com
Sat Aug 5 03:14:11 PDT 2000

--- Nicolai Rosen <nick at netaxs.com> wrote:
> Doing anything as anybody is unsafe to a certain degree. 

Okay, that goes without saying. Unplugging my computer is the most secure,
yet the least practical.  :(

> Assuming you can be relatively sure of the security of the 
> computer you're going out from, then yes, sshing in as root is 
> secure.

I figured, what with high-level encryption and all, that it boiled down to
being no more risky than logging in as a user.

> > As super-user, I access weak.org like so:
> > 
> >      ssh weak.org -l ezekielk

> Uh, I have no idea what you're talking about here. Looks like you're
> loggin in as the user ezekielk, not root.

Right. I am logging in via my user name for that shell account, which is
user "ezekielk". I was only talking about loading the ssh *client as root,
from my system.  I was not talking about actually logging on to the server
as root. Sorry for not making this clearer.

> > Now, that response is probably from my own system, due to having
> > secured it a la Chris Stoddard's "Building a Secure Gateway,

> Sounds like this could be the problem.

Well, I suppose for the sake of become more Linux-knowledgeable, I ought
to unravel this problem. But in the meantime, as long as it's safe to load
ssh client as root, I'd prefer to connect in Linux, rather than in

Thanks a lot, Nicolai!

Zeke Krahlin
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