- Small business, mostly a software house for web applications but also some desktop software.
- Many external collaborators, so a variety of outside users with access to the servers.
- Single physical server, with Linux and Xen as a virtualization solution - each VM has specific uses and controlled access. External users can access two of them
- The (virtual) servers provide a variety of services: LAMP stack, email, dns, etc. This question pertains to my concerns with local user access
- Users can SSH into two of the VMs
- give users access to common development tools, both for web (PHP, Ruby on Rails, etc) and standalone applications (gcc, g++, etc); this includes not only compilers and the like but also editors. Right now, they have full shell access.
- users must be able to use source control on the server: svn and git
- some have access to MySQL databases
What steps should I take in order to:
- provide a full shell to the users if possible, or equivalent solution that meets the requirements above in a safe manner
- automate monitoring of dangerous activities where possible (as in sudo/su notifications)
- minimize effects if a user gets his hands on a 0day privilege escalation exploit before someone patches it on the server - is this even possible?
Thank you for your time.