[torqueusers] Why does torque require pbs_mom/pbs_server be run as root?
dbeer at adaptivecomputing.com
Fri Jul 16 15:57:35 MDT 2010
> When you ssh to a friend's box you are trusting root on that box,
> is only *marginally* more secure than joeuser; if it's your friends
> then your friend has probably got root access in any case and there
> not *be* any other users. Or, unless you have pre-exchanged root keys,
> you are opening yourself to a man-in-the-middle password attack on
> first connection. Given open-source operating systems root and
> low-number IP ports are not what they used to be by way of security.
> Better to send him a copy of your public key for authorized_keys than
> type in your password in any case.
Privileged ports may not be what they used to be, but to echo Garrick's first response, TORQUE is made for cluster building. Root access *must* be well-controlled within a cluster or nothing about the setup is going to be very secure at all.
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