On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 10:19:51PM -0700, Pete Zaitcev wrote:
Looking at the /etc/shadow in our official AMI ami-6e3a6a2b, I
that root and ec2-user have passwords. Why are they left in? I suppose
they do not hurt much, since sshd_config sets PasswordAuthentication
and PermitRootLogin to no. Still, I'm just curious what they are.
Even better, let's think in reverse: if the creator accidentially
used a real root password, can I crack any interesting servers by
cracking the root password and then applying it to bits of Fedora
infrastructure (I know it's not 3-DES anymore, but still)?
The passwords seem to be reset in /etc/rc.local by an random string.
I was surprised to see the passwords change upon every reboot but
it the found the cause and thought that maybe the AMI authors had good
reason to set it up this way.
Principal Software Engineer, Satellite Engineering, Red Hat