User Monitoring

Norberto Meijome freebsd at
Thu Feb 8 10:18:17 UTC 2007

On Tue, 6 Feb 2007 14:09:55 +0800
David Schulz <mailinglists at> wrote:

> Hello all,
> i would like to provide a SSH Login for selected people on a  
> dedicated Machine, to be a little bit of a playground to some who  
> dont have any Unix experience and so on.
> Without a doubt i will get the one or the other trying to do  
> something nasty to the Box, so my question is how to keep track of  
> what Users are doing? Using process accounting as described http:// 
> accounting.html in the handbook?
> Can you share some easy to implement tricks to keep the worst from  
> happening to my Machine?

Hello :)
I think you really have 2 issues : 
1) how to prevent them breaking havoc on your machine.
2) how to know what they are doing.

2) : answered on the other posts.

1) normal users shouldn't have access to break many things (nothing system
related actually)..but, since paranoid we must be, why not just install a jail
(or set of jails if you want to provide for maximum separation) and give them
access to the jails ? They'll be able to do most stuff a newbie would do (and
an advanced user too :) ) , and u can even give them root in the jail :).


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