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Linux Orbit: Chroot Jails Made Easy with the Jail Chroot Project

Oct 15, 2002, 11:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Gowin, Chris Heaven)

[ Thanks to John Gowin for this link. ]

"There are always difficult jobs to do as a GNU/Linux system administrator. Sometimes the difficulty lies in finding out how to do a particular job, not neccessarily the job itself. This can be particularly true in the open source world where documentation can often take a back seat to implementation. But once in a while, you can stumble on a real gem that simplifies even the most difficult administration tasks. One such gem is the Jail Chroot Project.

"So what is a 'chroot jail'?

"Essentially it is a security method for creating a safe user enviroment on systems that allow remote access accounts. The 'jail' locks users into a virtual directory structure and grants access only to applications created for the jailed users by the administrator. It has long been a standard for hosting companies to create remote access accounts with this method, but the process was far from simple. Creating each account took many steps and needed thorough testing to assure system security..."

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