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How do I make sure no one else gets into server?
So I am renting someone else server, and I have the root access to it, but don't have access to the control panel on the webhosting site (because I am renting and they are owner of account).
How do I make sure they do not get into my server? Is there a way to check? What procedures should I follow?
Is there any reason for why you do not want to get a server yourself?
Because they could at any time reset the password / etc.
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Is that your partner? What do you mean you do not have access to control panel? I thought you have root access?
I have root access to the server. I do not have access to the hosting control panel (where you change OS or reset password).
Yes, they can access your server since they are able to reset your root password from the control panel. But in that case you won't be able to log in so you will know that the password was reset. Also the time stamp on your passwd and shadow file will be changed. However, you can disable root log in directly and log in as a regular user and after that SU to the root so even if they change the root password the won't be able to log in. But again, they can reboot the server in safe mode and reset the password again and so on....
One more... The best way for you will be to setup a script which will send you an email or SMS once the root is logged in. You should be able to find a lot of such scripts on the internet.
Restricting ssh to only to 1 IP, would that work?
Limiting access to SSH to 1 IP address only won't help. He can always gain access from the control panel where I guess a serial console is present.
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