[CentOS] SSH Automatic Log-on Failure - Centos 5.5

Thu Jan 27 11:45:06 UTC 2011
Stephen Harris <lists at spuddy.org>

On Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 07:59:30AM +0000, John Hodrien wrote:
> On Thu, 27 Jan 2011, Nico Kadel-Garcia wrote:
> > Wrong again. Never use public key access for root accounts, it simply
> > compounds the security risks. Passphrase protected SSH keys can be

> Is this actually current doctrine for typical machines?  I thought plenty of
> people advocated restricting ssh to AllowRoot without-password.  What exactly

  PermitRootLogin without-password
is the recommended approach if you must allow remote root login via ssh

It's even better to deny remote root at all (login as normal user
then sudo/su as necessary), but practicallity says it's needed, so
"without-password" will stop you from being able to use the password
and force you to use public keys or other non-password authentication.