On Thu, Nov 27, 2014 at 8:06 AM, P J P <pj.pandit(a)yahoo.co.in> wrote:
> On Thursday, 27 November 2014 4:49 PM, Reindl Harald wrote:
> so why not consider disable sshd at all and make a checkbox
> in Anaconda "ssh support yes/no" because after somebody says
> it's his clearly decision and he is responsible to secure it with key-only auth
Sure these are options, which need to be evaluated against their pros and cons.
For the 'Disable remote root login' option, this evaluation has been more
positive than negative. Cases wherein it is negative, is mostly due to the tweaking that
users would have to incorporate in their workflow, ex. explicitly enable remote root login
after creating a new VM. This is easily doable because these users are fairly experienced
ones. Idea is not to punish them for it, but to depend on their expertise rather than to
expect that unknown users would/should know how to safe guard their systems.
Overall this feature adds more value to Fedora, than its perceived short term cost.
I agree, from a basic security standpoint, that it's the simplest
change with the largest return on investment.