Root set to permission 771 - need help!!

Posted June 21, 2014 5k views
Root was set to permission 771 using the command sudo chmod -R 771 / Well this let go a long list of "........ cannot change permission" errors before just kicking me out. I now can no longer long into the server with my root or user accounts. I get the following error "OpenSSH_6.2p2, OSSLShim 0.9.8r 8 Dec 2011 ssh_exchange_identification: Connection closed by remote host" Very Very stupid and was a mistake -- I'm also very new to this (3 days) but had a lot of progress in setting up my sites. Now those are a 404 error. From my (very) limited understanding on how permissions work, I think I blocked access from myself to the whole server and thus can't log in - but not sure if that's the issue. Any solutions? I really would hate to loose all the work I've done. I will also start backing things up (but there are no backups sadly)... ugh terrible day.

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Can you attempt to log in from the web console on the DO panel?
Yes, just tried that and was able to get in - it looks like everytrhing is still there
It will be there but the permission mitigation is going to be a nightmare. You can either attempt to fix this or simply pull what you need and start over which will be faster.
oh took so long to set this up - what are we talking about with permission migration?
Honestly as I've never been down this road I can't even fathom an estimate. We have to assume we have no idea how mny permissions are now broken and the machine should be viewed as insecure and/or high liabiliy.. Resetting manual permissions to the correct perams will take much longer than scratching and restarting.
I see what you're saying... man. I guess this is a hard lesson to learn. So I can get into the console through DO --- is there anyway from there to download my files, the nginx files (config & site-available files), and export my databases?
You can simply set the machine to full write access via 777 (similar to what you did to begin with) this will make read/write all and give you time to pull everything. Remember to fix this when you move the files to the recreated host. Always snapshot before a big change and always try to know what your command will do before you execute it, it happens to the best of us!
Man, I really appreciate your help! I'll do some research on how to pull everything