Re: [fw-wiz] Query on OS hardening

From: John Adams (
Date: 02/20/03

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    From: John Adams <>
    To: Carson Gaspar <>
    Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 04:21:52 -0800 (PST)

    On Thu, 20 Feb 2003, Carson Gaspar wrote:

    > Ah yes... and how much CPU do you have to spare for SSH session setup (on
    > both the systemn being monitored and your monitoring server)? And how often
    > do you want to collect the data? Doing this correctly requires something
    > better than:
    > result="`ssh server-to-monitor test-script`"
    > At least, it does if you want it to scale.

    Enh, don't knock this approach. We had 9700 machines on (an unnamed large
    Internet Search company's) Search Cluster running this sort of a solution
    plus some custom code to fork multiple ssh processes when things needed to
    get done quickly.

    I've also used similar solutions with Orca (for collection of host
    statistics) and RRDTool. You need to determine how many hosts you really
    want to support, and then how many machines you'll be connecting to. The
    SSH connection and startup expense is far outweighed by the advantages you
    receive -- encrypted connections, non-repudiation, and control over the


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