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Old 04-26-2008, 05:27 AM   #1
ischi
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Access Home Directory on the Debian 3.1 Server Remotly via Browser?


Hi I got the following Problem:

I own a root server to which I back up and sync all my Data so I can access it from anywhere via ssh. Thats great so far but when I'm on a Windows Machine Its really annoying to first download WinSCP or anything like that. So I was wondering is there a way to like show my Home directory via a Browser Interface with login and everything? Perferrably with a nice looking Interface of course.

My problem really is I don't even know what to search for.

Any Ideas?

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Old 04-26-2008, 08:34 AM   #2
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The best thing to do is to put WinSCP on a pen drive:

http://winscp.net/eng/docs/config#po..._configuration

There is at least one product that does what you describe, but SSH is much, much, more safe than a Web application. There are several ways for the security of browser-based access to fail, and access to your home directory gives any attacker a surprising number of options for abusing or compromising your system.
 
Old 04-26-2008, 09:57 AM   #3
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Well I wasn't aware of the Security risk, because in my Opinion using HTTPS and Authentification seems pretty secure but putting WinSCP on a Pen drive seems to be a good option. Thanks I wasn't aware thats possible .

Gotta try it right now ...
 
Old 04-26-2008, 10:22 AM   #4
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What is a root server?

Other than the DNS context, I don't know what that would be.

If you want to access your home directory from a windows computer, I would recommend Cygwin/X. After starting you local Windows x-server "i.e. startx or startxwin" ssh into the server. From there you can run any gui program like konqueror and have it show up in a windows window frame, or you can have the entire screen (root screen) displayed locally and start a window manager. You could also run scp on the windows machine to copy files or use sftp. If you run the sshd daemon in Cygwin on the local windows machine, then you can run konqueror on the remote machine; split the pane; and enter "fish://username@<local_host_ip/". Now you can move files graphically between the two machines.
 
Old 04-26-2008, 10:25 AM   #5
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Well I wasn't aware of the Security risk, because in my Opinion using HTTPS and Authentification seems pretty secure but putting WinSCP on a Pen drive seems to be a good option. Thanks I wasn't aware thats possible .

Gotta try it right now ...
HTTPS is fine, the risks with Web applications really come from the script interpreter and the code itself, as well as administrator error when configuring all of the pieces. With SSH it's all in one service, maintained by professionally paranoid developers, and no configuration is required. The optional key-based authentication is also much safer than password-based security can be.
 
  


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