Ubuntu Security :: SSH Keys - Can I Create With Root Account

Aug 25, 2010

Can i login to my server using my root account and create a public+private key for one of my users and then manually paste it into his authorized_keys file and give him the private key?

The user im giving it to has a chrooted FTP account...

Is it still ok that i used the root account to create it? He is not going to have root access or nothing is he? This is not a security breach in any way is it?

The user doesn't have shell access to create their own so this is the only way i can think of doing it...

Also what access should the user have to their .ssh folder + the authorized_keys file...?

Are they allowed to read the key? What about write?

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