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Old 03-18-2008, 07:34 PM   #1
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Synchronize passwd and shadow for multiple debian servers

I would like to know what the best way (if any) to snyc all user names and password with Debian servers. I have several Debian machines and it has become cumbersome to change the passwords on each. Is there a way to rsync or sync the files so that users names and passwords are same for ssh. I know this defeats security from hackers, but can it be done? The systems in question are different in configuration but user names are same on all..

I may or may not implement it but want to know if can be done. Currently I have several boxes with diffrent passwords for security resason. Don't want one box to (heaven forbid) get hacked and have the attacker gain access to all systems with same password.
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why not use an authentication machine using LDAP. - Setup OpenLDAP - OpenSSL & OpenLDAP - LDAP linux client with OpenLDAP server
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NIS is another option or

LDAP would be more secure


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