Suggestion to make remote recovery easier

John McCabe-Dansted gmatht at
Thu May 8 04:15:08 UTC 2008

On Wed, May 7, 2008 at 6:56 AM, Andrew Sayers <
andrew-ubuntu-devel at> wrote:

> 1) Creating or modifying an account that has the necessary permissions
> 2) Creating an SSH connection
> 3) Destroying or reverting an account to its original state thread.

> Reliably doing (2) is a hard problem.  The solution I had come up with
> strikes me as a good solution for a common use case, but there's no way
> to deal with the general case without introducing more complexity.

Perhaps we could use reverse tunnels. The end user could reverse tunnel into
some server trusted by the admin. See e.g.

  Alternatively, perhaps we could do something like:
mkfifo sshout
mkfifo sshin
ssh help at < sshin > sshout &
bash < sshout > sshin &

John C. McCabe-Dansted
PhD Student
University of Western Australia
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