[Gluster-users] untrusted users

Jim Kinney jim.kinney at gmail.com
Tue Oct 22 03:00:06 UTC 2019

Shell access to untrusted users. I would fight that tooth and nail as a sysadmin. User that are untrusted get accounts deactivated.

If they have no sudo, they can't mount. Make mounts for them in fstab. Set ownership and groups on mount points so each user is restricted to their folder only. Use a centralized authentication system like freeipa or IdM. Every user should have their own userid that's unique. No exceptions. 

I work in HIPAA rules now, DoD clearance rules earlier. Users are not to be trusted. Other sysadmins are barely trustable. If users have any access to adjust the system configuration in any way, take it away. That's your job not theirs. It's easier to say no 100 times a day than spend 2 weeks in front of lawyers explaining why untrusted users could create a mess that involves lawyers and courts, fines and jail time.

If your OS won't support basic system security, choose something that will. Some Linux distros are not usable in a multiple user environment (kali is a prime example). I work in an Enterprise environment so I use RedHat/CEntOS. 

If users can't get things done with out being root, someone has really messed up the work flow design. 

Sorry to sound really harsh but this sounds like a nightmare that could be avoided with a better sysadmin plan. Users are terrible sysadmin. Programmers are too. Sysadmins are not very good programmers :-(

On October 21, 2019 10:03:46 PM EDT, pankaj kumar <pankaj at datacabinet.systems> wrote:
>We are attaching a gluster storage to our cluster. We give shell access
>our cluster to untrusted users. Each user has a folder in gluster. The
>problem is that the users could get to mount as any user id and then
>the other users files as their own. Is there a way to authenticate a
>before a mount?
>If there is none, can you help us implement a thin authentication layer
>over mount? Where should we get started.

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