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Old 10-08-2009
duplicate entries /.rhosts file

Hi,
I forgot how to start a new thread. Smilie
Can somebody please guide me?

I have one problem related to /.rhosts file.
According to my understanding, /.rhosts file is used for "rsh". What will happen if I have duplicate entries in this file?
e.g> my .rhosts file looks like
Code:
wcars42g
wcars89j
wcars42g
wcars42b
wcars42b

Will duplicate entries in .rhosts file cause any nuisance?
Please guide me. Smilie
# 2  
Old 10-11-2009
There's no immediate problem having duplicate entries in your .rhosts file.

BUT, should you want to remove a server from it later, you run the risk of accidentally removing only one instead of all the instances of that server name.

I'd suggest you run the file through 'sort -u' or uniq to remove the duplicates, thus reducing your operational risk.

I'll also add the obligatory comment that perhaps you should not be using rhosts at all? ssh keys for individual accounts that you want to trust is 90% of the time a better option. Otherwise, if one host is compromised, all of them are.
# 3  
Old 10-12-2009
Hi Dragon,

Thanks a lot for help. It works Smilie

Regards,
akash

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