anders at bruun-olsen
Nov 15, 2005, 4:36 AM
Post #26 of 26
On Sun, Nov 13, 2005 at 08:41:21PM -0500, William Yang wrote:
> >>just curious, by why not use 'net-www/mod_auth_mysql' and store your
> >>users in a MySQL DB?
> >Because I want a single place for storing users that all services will
> >auth against, which also means ssh and so forth. I know that pam_mysql
> >will bring me most of the way, but I have my doubts about using
> >nss_mysql (which is also not in Portage). Call me crazy, but I neither
> >trust the security nor stability of mysql :)
> >Plus I already have experience with LDAP...
> I run a production ISP environment--http/ftp, e-mail, limited user
> shells, RADIUS dialup auth--using pam_mysql, and have for more than a
> year. There have been no stability issues and, to date, no security
> problems that we've detected.
> The biggest problem has to do with performance, which nscd was excellent
> for. NSCD does odd things when the MySQL queries return numbers
> significantly smaller than the number of rows in the user auth tables --
> I found that it would periodically just crash when I had disabled or
> locked-out accounts. A daemon which checks and restarts core services
> was all I needed to take care of it, though.
If you have daemons that crash periodically and needs to be restarted, I
would say that counts as stability issues. At least it does in my book.
But if you can live with it, then it's all good. I prefer the stability
of LDAP however :)
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