Forum OpenACS Q&A: Response to Help! no SSH Telnet Access
And yes, I can FTP to the server, it's still serving web pages, and I can get ftp ROOT access Yes, FTP root shouldn't be allowed but maybe this will save me! ??? Non-Secure telnet is disabled. -----There is no such thing as secure ftp or telnet.
I suspect foul play and webadmin is not a thing I would want to run on the open net. It has had its problems with security and ...
If I were you I would look for trojans, check your /etc/passwd,groups etc to see who might have gotten in. Also, check your logs, although they are likely to be trojaned as well.
Be prepared to do a fresh install and if you do, make sure you run tripwire before you connect to the net.
I don't think it is a corruption as I have run out of disk multiple times and can still ssh in as root (this is why root has its own directory).
If you installed the ssh RPM, it should have set up a /etc/init.d/sshd file and that should have started. If it is dying, (I have never seen this daemon die, but anything is possible) then I would find the reason for that. cron is a band-aid, as sshd is very stable.