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Wed, 14 January 2009 11:29 Go to next message
Registered: January 2009
Messages: 4
Howdy!

I have enabled public key authentication for SSH and want to disable userid/password for all accounts. However, I would still like to be able to access a console to log in from in case of a major screwup. I noticed the SSH applet, but I think it would deny me access if I turned off userid/password logins.

Is there a failsafe console available?
Wed, 14 January 2009 19:32 Go to previous message
Registered: November 2007
Messages: 504
Unfortunately no, by default the only way to connect is by SSH. If you disable SSH login's you will run the risk of completely locking yourself out. Rather than doing this, most users secure ssh in another way, such as choosing secure passwords and installing a brute-force filter and firewall:

http://forum.vpsville.ca/index.php?t=msg&th=48&start =0&S=3a483d6adab31da85b6331e704585a36

You could install another method of connecting, such as VNC, webmin-over-ssl or similar software.
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