Yes, my main goal is to use rsync-backup once I have a good test case
going. I spent a lot of time on OS X getting two machines to talk to
each other with passwordless logins and using a root account. I was
pulling the backup from the client, to the server.
I went by this article, which expressly states that push backups are
not the way to go: http://www.connect.homeunix.com/lbackup/network_backup_strategies
It struck me as odd as well, and I am going to go back to pushing the
data from the machines out to the single backup machine, which I can
section off to not even be accessible to the outside world.
As I go through this process, I will document it, as there were some
pretty strange thins happening with sshd_conf and not letting me have
a root login.
Thanks for your comments, as soon as I have more, I will follow up.
Scott * If you contact me off list replace talklists@ with scott@ *
On Oct 26, 2009, at 11:04 AM, Quintin Beukes wrote: > Rather PUSH backups. This way you can
> 1) Close the backup machine to allow ONLY access from the specified
> machines on an IP/MAC bases (since it's local net)
> 2) You don't have to open up root access for any machines
> 3) You can have the rsync client run as root to allow it to copy all
> files on it's own machine, then copying it to a lower access user on
> the target machine.
> If you want your backup files to be stored with the same
> ownership/permissions as on the source machine, you would have to
> login as root on the backup machine. If it's closed from outside
> access this is safer than allowing root access to your public machine.
> Further restricting it by IP/MAC makes this even more secure.
> If using something like rsync-backup, you're basically running a
> static command on the backup server's side, which provides an extra
> level of security if you want to have the backup server side execute
> as root as well. Let me explain it like this:
> 1) You have the source machine S - it's public
> 2) You have the machine machine B - it's completely closed up and only
> allows IP/MAC level filtering on incoming port 22 from machine S
> 3) On machine B you have a root account with a password for you to
> 4) You want machine S to use this root account to copy it's backups
> 5) You use rsync-backup wrapped in ssh to do this. This means you have
> 2 commands run by ssh, the rsync-backup client command and
> rsync-backup server side command
> 6) You setup a public key on the root account on machine B, which is
> only allowed to run a single command, the rsync-backup command. This
> means rsync-backup authenticates using the public key, but is only
> allowed to run a fixed command, which is the one it uses to copy the
> backups. So it is authenticated as root, which allows you to copy all
> types of ownership/permissions, even setuid bits, but you can't do ANY
> other than what rsync-backup command and it's protocol allows.
> Have you heard of rsync-backup? It's a utility which uses rsync's
> libraries, but provides common backup features like exclusions,
> incremental backups + increment management, etc. The technique listed
> above is what I use to make all my backups. It's really simple, works
> brilliantly and with the specified would be very secure as well. Since
> it's running as root there is always the risk of exploitation to gain
> root access, which could cause compromise of your other machines,
> though it's already very secure and always possible to add extra
> levels of security.
> Quintin Beukes
> On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 9:28 PM, Scott Haneda <email@example.com>
>> Hello, I've looked around and found a few different approaches to
>> Looking for a discussion of the pros, cons, and best practices.
>> I want to use rsync over an ssh connection to clone one machine to
>> This means one end will need root login.
>> Right now I have passwordless keys to allow myself to login. Root
>> login is
>> Would an acceptable method be to allow root login from a specific IP
>> address? Or is there some other way to allow root privilege use
>> between a
>> source and destination host without opening it up by IP?
>> This is for backups, and only ever will be machine to machine, same
>> I'm not immediately seeing how to set granular permissions based on
>> conditions like IP, MAC, or other harder to spoof credentials.
>> I'd it better to pull backups or push backups, or equivalent?
>> The backup machine could be made to have no public access at all.
>> Thanks for
>> any pointers.
>> Iphone says hello.