Securing Rsync

bart.coninckx at bart.coninckx at
Mon Jan 27 16:06:01 EST 2003

It's my understanding that passwords don't work in a cygwinned rsync. You
might consider limiting the modules to a certain trusted IP-address .

Kind regards,

Bart Coninckx
Network Administrator
Sita ICT Services
Lilsedijk 19
B-2340 Beerse

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                    "Mike Winfrey"                                                                                     
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I have a rsync server set up on a win2k server and a win xp pro computer
is my client. It's working very well doing the anonymous transfers.
However, I've tried setting up a password file and not having any

rsyncd.conf on my server:
use chroot = false
strict modes = false
hosts allow = *
auth users = user
path = c:/serverbu
read only = no
list = no
secrets file = c:/rsync/rsync.secrets

rsync.secrets on my rsync server

I run the following command string on my client computer:
C:\rsync\rsync.exe -av --delete --password-file=/rsync/rsync.secrets
"/cygdrive/C/Documents and Settings/All Users"  "user at server::serverbu/"

the password file on my XP machine looks just like the one on the

I get an error stating "password file must not be other-accessible
continuing without password file using RSYNC_PASSWORD environment
@ERROR: auth failed on module serverbu"

I tried "set rsync_password=password" as well but that doesn't work

Any ideas on how I can get this working with passwords.

Mike Winfrey

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