managing user accounts without NIS

dwight dwight at
Sun May 21 00:13:04 PDT 2000

Victor Ortega wrote:

> NIS and NFS are insecure and incur performance penalties.  I'm looking
> for better alternatives.  My idea of setuid-root wrappers (using rsync
> for distribution of relevant files) already provides a more secure,
> high-performance, high-availability alternative; I just want to make
> sure that there isn't something better out there already, and that I'm
> not overlooking some potential security hole.

Just using rsync per se might well subject you to a man-in-the-middle
attack, or a spoofing attack. ssh/scp would be a better tool.

Or just set up Kerberos and simply use it for authentication.

Best Regards,


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