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Re: [seul-edu] Alternatives to NIS

Since I am the only one with root access to any of the machines (everybody else is a student), it sounds like NIS should be OK. Right?
    Also, before setting up NIS I am trying to move the students' home directories to a central hard drive located on the server. The drive is set in the server's /etc/exports as rw for all users via NFS. Other machines see it just fine and can read from it. However, they won't write to it. When I create a username on the server and then go to another machine where I created the same username and password with the NFS directory as its home directory, I keep getting the message that it is a read-only directory. Do I change something with chmod, or what?
Dave Prentice
-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Hedemark <hedemark@bops.com>
To: 'seul-edu@seul.org' <seul-edu@seul.org>
Date: Monday, October 23, 2000 10:22 AM
Subject: RE: [seul-edu] Alternatives to NIS

We're planning on going to NDS most likely.  We're on NIS+ now with NIS backward compatibility enabled.
MAJOR security hole - anyone with any UNIX machine that has root access to that machine can become any NIS user without the need for a password.  This is one of the many reasons that I hate NIS.
-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Prentice [mailto:dprentice@uno.edu]
Sent: Sunday, October 22, 2000 10:28 PM
To: seul-edu@seul.org
Subject: [seul-edu] Alternatives to NIS

    A while back I seem to remember someone saying NIS is "evil." Since my classroom network is now stable enough to begin to expand from the present 7 machines, I want to centralize access and  passwords. What alternatives are there to NIS, or should I just go with it? 
Dave Prentice