RSYNC: Backup Solution thoughts...

tim.conway at tim.conway at
Wed Dec 19 06:22:53 EST 2001

readonly full disk. 
rsync yourhost::rootmodule/etc/shadow .
satan -f ./shadow
telnet yourhost
login as user
su -
f*** you over.

what, no telnet, only ssh?
grab an identity file and ssh in.

yes, it's bad... at least, exclude secure areas.

Tim Conway
tim.conway at
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Longmont, CO 80501
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perl -e 'print pack(nnnnnnnnnnnn, 
".\n" '
"There are some who call me.... Tim?"

Philip Mak <pmak at>
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12/18/2001 11:51 AM

        To:     Lachlan Cranswick <l.m.d.cranswick at>
        cc:     <rsync at>
(bcc: Tim Conway/LMT/SC/PHILIPS)
        Subject:        Re: RSYNC: Backup Solution thoughts...

On Tue, 18 Dec 2001, Lachlan Cranswick wrote:

> >My question is: How can I make server A give READ-ONLY rsync access of 
> >entire disk to server B?
> Something similar the following in the /etc/rsyncd.conf file in the
> server A might work(?) - just  put a "read only = yes" in the config.
> (plus retricting the hosts allow)  I guess the path would be /
>         path = /
>         read only = yes
>         uid = nobody
>         gid = nobody

Wouldn't I need to put "uid = root" in order to give access to the entire
file system (but read only)? Is this safe?

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