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Public Key sudo
Source: New York City *BSD User Group
Added: 19 August 2008
Tags: nycbug, presentation, sudo, public key, matthew burnside
MP3 version (2 Mb)
Two tools which have become the norm in Linux- and
Unix-based environments are SSH for secure
communications, and sudo for performing administrative
tasks. These are independent programs with substantially
different purposes, but they are often used in
conjunction. In this talk, I describe a flaw in
their interaction, and then present our solution
called public-key sudo.
Public-key sudo is an extension to the sudo
authentication mechanism which allows for public
key authentication using the SSH public key framework.
I describe our implementation of a generic SSH
authentication module and the sudo modifications
required to use this module.
Matthew Burnside is a Ph.D. student in the Computer
Science department at Columbia University, in New
York. He works for Professor Angelos Keromytis in
the Network Security Lab. He received his B.A and
M.Eng from MIT in 2000, and 2002, respectively. His
research interests are in network anonymity, trust
management, and enterprise-scale policy enforcement.