how to wipe a running ubuntu server
Posted on 2011-09-27
Have a weird situation. Have some servers that are deployed that have sensitive (I.P.) data on them, as well as vpn keyfiles. I do not have physical access to them, but I do have root login over ssh. Is there a way to shred or wipe the mounted filesystems while the box is running? Would shred blow up partway through and cause the filesystem to be recoverable?
They are running various versions of Ubuntu server 10.04 and up.
Please, no lectures on proper security protocols, etc. Hindsight is 20/20 and new servers are properly secured. However, we need a way to handle this situation, in the event of a compromise, until we can get these old servers replaced.