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Old 01-26-2021, 06:19 AM   #1
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Disabling password for all sudo users.

I am in the process of "forbidding" passwords for users with sudo access. This means they will need to login with pubkey-auth and have NOPASSWD in sudoers.

The thought behind this is that if there are no passwords, there's no hashes to steal/crack. Is this a good approach, and if not, why?

However, I will need one user with password access for access via local console. What would you choose: A user with sudo access or enabling password for root?

I will probably use a scheduled job in ansible/AWX to enforce disabled passwords to prevent users from not complying to this policy.
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IMHO sudo does not place cached passwords. There is no increased risk.
On the other hand, the password increases safety: a malicious tool or Website via browser can try to inject a sudo command. If successful, the interactive password is another barrier.
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The interactive password is a good second barrier. Using SSH keys or SSH certificates for login is a great idea.

Match Group sudo
       PasswordAuthentication no
It is also possible to require both keys and passwords for login, in that order:

Match Group sudo
       AuthenticationMethods publickey,password
See "man sshd_config"

Then the password could be required again to use sudo.
Old 02-04-2021, 10:12 PM   #4
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As a security-paranoid system administrator I would recommend you to use publickey as the only method to log into your server, and enforce the use of passwords when using the 'sudo' command.

I can't devise in my mind a scenario where I would do any other way.
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