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Create a script to add an .rhost entry remotely

Posted on 2005-04-22
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Last Modified: 2010-04-21
I want to create a script that connects to a remote server and adds an entry to the .rhost file. How do you modify a file on a remote host?
Question by:heavenlydishes
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Expert Comment

ID: 13845149
Anything that uses .rhost is so insecure you probably shouldn't be using it.  Reconsider.  Look at the big picture and redesign your system so that it instead uses public keys and ssh or some other modern remote access tool.

Expert Comment

ID: 13845290
you can do this in the script

1>Connect to remote machine using atuomatic ftp
2>take a back up of the .rhost file in the remote machine
3>copy new .rhost file

If you want to add a line you can use the command i specified in your eariler question to add a line
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ahoffmann earned 2000 total points
ID: 13852914
beside the security issues about .rhosts ...

ssh user@remotehost 'echo whatever >> /path/to/.rhosts'

# same for rsh instead of ssh

Expert Comment

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rsh -l user remotehost echo whatever ">>" /path/to/.rhosts

just my 0.02€...;)


Author Comment

ID: 13908283
Thanks for the comments all! ahoffman's worked for me.

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