Content related to computer security., i.e. content about policies, mechanisms, etc. needed make sure data is not leaked or corrupted and services available in all circumstances.

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Mount and automount and security problems

Are there any security problems related with (auto)mounting device?
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Directory/files owned by a non-existent user

A user has created a directory with files, but the user does not exist in /etc/passwd or /etc/group. The system is a Fedora server with an FTP server and proxy which redirects to a CentOS server with ...
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Internet SSH Server Security Considerations

What steps should I take to reasonably secure my linux desktop before opening sshd to the Internet so I can connect from anywhere?
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How can we limit the impact of ssh probes?

My webserver is constantly attacked by various IP addresses. They try five passwords and then change the IP address. I have done various lockdowns like using ssh-keys and not permitting passwords, ...
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A command to check file access permission for another user

I need to know how to check the effective file access permissions for a given user, but it takes long to do this manually starting from / up to the target file or directory, checking group, ...etc.
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How do you protect a plain text credentials file with the username and password?

I am trying to setup an auto-mounting network drive. The network drive requires a user/pass. In the man page for "mount.cifs" there are two ways to provide the user/pass. [not recommended] put the ...
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What is sport and dport?

I want to stop internet on my system using iptables so what should I do? iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --sport 80 -j DROP or iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 80 -j DROP ?
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iptables rule to allow access to internet

I made default policy of my machine- iptables -A INPUT -j REJECT #DROP ALL PACKETS TO INPUT CHANNEL INPUT channel has been blocked. Now I want to allow only some specific services like I should be ...
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Confused about PAM configuration stanza and the roles of the control-flag parameters

I just begun studying for the RHCE. While on the topic of PAM configuration, I was a little perplexed with this stanza from /etc/pam.d/system-auth: auth required pam_env.so auth ...
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sudo without password - security? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What specific vulnerabilities am I creating by disabling the sudo password? I'm involved yet again in the old argument on whether sudo without password is secure enough ...
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Security with Kernel IP Forwarding Enabled

I recently enabled IP Forwarding on a production web server that also acts as a VPN server. What, if any, security issues did I just set myself up for? And are there any iptables rules I should set ...
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Boot-loader to boot to an encrypted partition [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Linux boot loaders supporting full disk encryption? I am looking for a Boot-loader which is smart enough to boot from an Encrypted partition. I want to place the kernel ...
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Running proprietary software on Linux safely [closed]

As a summer project, I'm looking to prevent any piece of proprietary software like many games I run from having access to my personal files. After looking a lot at sandboxing, I've decided that ...
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Best practices for secure, separated virtualhost LAMP environment

What are the best practices for a Debian Squeeze + Grsecurity/PAX based system when multiple, and therefore insecure, websites must run on the same server? I mean how can I mitigate an attack, so that ...
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mounting volume protected against user access

I need to mount a directory in a way that prevents user accessing it. However I need to have access to all attributes (including permission) from root. Is following method safe or is there a way ...
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How to safely pass variables to root-enabled scripts?

This question is totally general and not only applicable to my situation, but... I have a small busybox appliance where I want a non-root user to be able to execute a particular script with root ...
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Does ssh-agent store my passphrase?

Is it possible to determine the passphrases of private keys added to ssh-agent? I'm thinking along the lines of someone with root privileges trying to find out my passphrase after I have added the ...
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How sudo/root-ness detection works

Programs that make changes system-wide require sudo unless I am already the root user. Now, the question is: how exactly does the system figure out that I am (not) root? Does it: Check to see if ...
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Can KWallet manage my ssh passwords?

I need a way to store some SSH passwords. Note that these are login passwords which I need to pass to ssh; key authentication is unfortunately not an option. I'd like to be able to have KWallet fill ...
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Debian unstable chroot security issues

This page describes how you can use the debootstrap utility to install a base Debian unstable/sid system on an existing Linux machine. The new install is accessible using chroot. When doing this, ...
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Security of xhost (local) and sudo xauthority forwarding

Context: launch a GUI application as a linux service. I considered making a headless daemon with a GUI front-end but there is too much code involved to do it now. This service must start on user ...
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root password changed automatically

I have my system on dual boot (win7 and RHEL 6). I have 2 user account on RHEL 6. A normal user and a root user. I put passwords of both accounts same. It was working fine from 5 6 days. Yesterday I ...
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File permission execute only

How can I set file to be executable only to other users but not readable/writable, the reason for this I'm executing something with my username but I don't want to give out the password. I tried : ...
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Why are the first 1024 ports restricted to the root user only?

This is more idle curiosity than anything else. A friend of mine asked me 'which port range is it that only root can use under Linux?' I told him 0-1024 were restricted. Then he asked my why it was so ...
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Is it safe to give out my SSH public key for work?

I currently work remotely for a number of organizations which need me to access their servers regularly for maintenance and upgrades. Is it safe for me to add my RSA public SSH key to the ...
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Which linux distro's package repositories are secure and which are not?

Most distro's I know have some kind of repository functionality where new packages could be downloaded after installation. Which distros do this in a secure way and which doesn't do this in a secure ...
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How do I know which files will be included in a linux kernel before I build it?

I am working on a project that includes building an old kernel version of linux. This is fine, but I still need to patch the kernel of all previously found security vulnerabilities based on CVEs. I ...
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How secure is Ubuntu in Virtualbox on Windows host?

I have the most recent version of Ubuntu in Virtualbox on Windows 7 host. How secure will that be? I mean if I get malware on windows how will that affect the Ubuntu system I am working on?
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How do I hide/anonymise/defend a computer when on hostile networks?

I connect to a lot of open networks when I'm pootling around. I'm fairly careful to VPN home for anything important but that's not really my boggle. The laptop runs several services (nfs, dev http ...
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Can I get infected in this case if I run a live cd?

I recently got rid of a nasty trojan on Windows and want to migrate to Linux(Ubuntu). I want to run a Live CD so that I can format an SD card to put my brand new firmware on my router and format the ...
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How to secure CentOS and FreeBSD by disabling USB ports and VGA output on-site?

Is it possible to disable USB ports and CDRom and VGA output in the Dell R310 from CentOS or FreeBSD (without BIOS)? A demo server is running in a customer test laboratory, where they can simply get ...
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Any program like `sudo` to gain root by having two users enter a password?

I run a server which is used by a group of individuals for e-mail, mailing lists, personal web homes etc. I thought about ways to provide root access for other members to allow them handling problems ...
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How come no core dump is create when an application has SUID set?

I setup my environment to create a core dump of everything that crashes, however when I run an program with SUID set on a different user than the executing user it doesn't create a core dump. Any ...
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Custom PAM modules and security considerations

I am writing my own PAM module that will be part of an application that I am developing, but I'm not sure exactly where to put it. My module basically does network-level authentication (with other ...
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How to avoid escape sequence attacks in terminals?

Reading the details of CVE-2009-4487 (which is about the danger of escape sequences in log files) I am a bit surprised. To quote CVE-2009-4487: nginx 0.7.64 writes data to a log file without ...
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How to create a new user without his own FS but with access to write to only one folder of user that creates him?

What are the command(s) to create a new user (not from su), give him the ability to write to only one folder which is some directory owned by an already existing user (the one that created him)? ...
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how do I wipe a server that I don't have physical access to?

I have a Godaddy dedicated server that I would like to cancel. Before I do that I'd like to do a clean format on the server to make sure that the next person who gets the server isn't able to undelete ...
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Fail2ban block with IPtables doesn't work on Debian Lenny. [moved ssh port]

I've recently decided to do some security maintenance. I saw my logs, and there were some tries against my SSH server. At first, I moved away the SSH port from the default 22. After it, I read ...
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How can I set that only root + a given user can shut down my pc?

If I'm using Ubuntu 11.04, how can I configure it such that that only two users can shut down/suspend/hibernate my PC: the root user and one regular user?
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Are there any GUI's for Linux that doesn't use X11?

Are there any GUI's for Linux that doesn't use X11? Since X has very poor security :O e.g.: Ubuntu, Fedora - what else are there? Goal: having a Desktop Environment without X. - what are the ...
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How to create a “jailed” environment for an application under Linux?

Using Ubuntu 11.04 as a Desktop OS, I want to reach "bigger security" with a "jailing" processes: VirtualBox, Google Chrome, Firefox, VLC, PDF/djvu reader, MP3 player, wine, pidgin, transmission, ...
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Is /dev/random data a psuedo-random AES cypher, and where does the entropy come from?

My current understanding of an entropy pool is that it gathers truly random bits of data at a slow rate. I'd like to know how Unix & Linux collect entropy, and how that entropy is used by ...
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Can someone sniff NFS over internet?

I want to connect to my home server from work using NFS. I tried sshfs but some people say it's not as reliable as NFS. I know sshfs traffic is encrypted. But what about NFS? Can someone sniff my ...
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Should I be backing up my SSH host keys?

In my automated backups, I'm not sure if I should be doing this. If the hard drive fails or if I wipe the hard disk and start over, what will be the effect of starting with a new SSH host key to my ...
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DNSSEC in the root zone? How to use it?

I'm using Fedora for desktop use and I: yum -y install caching-nameserver service named restart chkconfig --level 5 named on on it, and set the nameserver to 127.0.0.1. If I: dig google.com | grep ...
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What are the most secure cryptsetup parameters to create an Encrypted filesystem? [closed]

According to http://16s.us/Linux/dm-crypt.txt, it's better to use only dm-crypt, because LUKS leaves a trace. That's OK. But, what are the most secure cryptsetup parameters to use? E.g.: ...
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What flags are used to compile debian stable packages?

Ubuntu wiki states that its packages are compiled with secure flags and secure kernel options. I cannot find this information about debian. See https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CompilerFlags
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Does PGPDesktop supports OpenBSD or e.g. Fedora?

Does PGPDesktop support OpenBSD or e.g. Fedora, or can I only encrypt my whole hard drive when I use Windows?
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nmap output: what does “uptime” mean?

If I nmap a host, then it outputs an "Uptime" too. What does it mean, is it trustable? Does it gives correct times?
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A local, centralized, secure way to store FTP login data, including passwords

I want to be able to store the login details all of my remote FTP accounts in one place, securely. Then I'd like clients like autofs/curlftpfs, Filezilla, etc to use this one store of passwords. I'm ...