Gentoo Archives: gentoo-security

From: Anders Bruun Olsen <anders@×××××××××××.net>
To: gentoo-security@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-security] Advice about security solution
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2005 11:42:47
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-security] Advice about security solution by William Yang
On Sun, Nov 13, 2005 at 08:41:21PM -0500, William Yang wrote:
> >>just curious, by why not use 'net-www/mod_auth_mysql' and store your > >>users in a MySQL DB? > >Because I want a single place for storing users that all services will > >auth against, which also means ssh and so forth. I know that pam_mysql > >will bring me most of the way, but I have my doubts about using > >nss_mysql (which is also not in Portage). Call me crazy, but I neither > >trust the security nor stability of mysql :) > >Plus I already have experience with LDAP... > I run a production ISP environment--http/ftp, e-mail, limited user > shells, RADIUS dialup auth--using pam_mysql, and have for more than a > year. There have been no stability issues and, to date, no security > problems that we've detected. > The biggest problem has to do with performance, which nscd was excellent > for. NSCD does odd things when the MySQL queries return numbers > significantly smaller than the number of rows in the user auth tables -- > I found that it would periodically just crash when I had disabled or > locked-out accounts. A daemon which checks and restarts core services > was all I needed to take care of it, though.
If you have daemons that crash periodically and needs to be restarted, I would say that counts as stability issues. At least it does in my book. But if you can live with it, then it's all good. I prefer the stability of LDAP however :) -- Anders -----BEGIN GEEK CODE BLOCK----- Version: 3.12 GCS/O d--@ s:+ a-- C++ UL+++$ P++ L+++ E- W+ N(+) o K? w O-- M- V PS+ PE@ Y+ PGP+ t 5 X R+ tv+ b++ DI+++ D+ G e- h !r y? ------END GEEK CODE BLOCK------ PGPKey: -- gentoo-security@g.o mailing list