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Remote System Administration through a firewall or on a Private Network

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000030881D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Aug-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Aug-31

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Unix system administration is carried out directly on the machine to be administered. This is done through a network login or via an attached console/terminal. Administration is done by the 'root' (superuser) id, with some activities delegated via Unix groups, and others via the optional Open Source program 'sudo' (Super User DO). This new program allows for an individual to specify a machine and a command to be executed on the machine remotely. The key is that all attempts to modify the system are logged and the user never establishes a direct connection to the machine that is being administered. Without the requirement of a direct connection by the administrator, administration tasks can now be executed on machines that are either behind a firewall or on a private (non-routable) network.