Summary:Changing root passwords on multiple machines

From: Murphy, Morgan <>
Date: Wed May 02 2001 - 12:41:48 EDT
Many thanks to:
Christopher L. Barnard
Dave Morley
Mike Salehi
Michael Grice
Mike Ekholm
Carl Schelin
Alan Orndorff
Adeel Khurshid
Thomas Carter
Jeff Kennedy
Steve Mickeler
Matt Schepens

For security reasons, I think the best idea would be for us to install ssh.
Many people recommended expect(sunfreeware) to write the script which would
be rsh-ed/ssh-ed
to the remote machines.
Jeff Kennedy  recommended a script using sed and the encrypted shadow entry
to copy across to the other machines 
Adeel Khurshid recommended cfengine:


Date: Tue, 01 May 2001 12:40:23 -0700
From: "Murphy, Morgan" <>
Subject: Changing root passwords on multiple machines

We have alot of machines whoes local root password needs to be changed on a
regular basis
We are not running  sshd on any of these machines, so we don't want to use
any rsh scripts.
I've heard about Control-SA from Software Innovations, but not really for
maintaining root passwords.
Does anyone know of any software products, or have any ideas for this
situation..besides telneting to each host

Received on Wed May 2 17:41:48 2001

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