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Make bluetooth device invisible / disable incoming pairing

I am using the bluez package for my bluetooth usb dongle on ubuntu server. I want to be able to initiate bluetooth connection from the dongle to a device, however a device itself shall not be able to ...
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Per user tmpfs directories

Using the shared /tmp directory is known to have lead to many security vulnerabilities when predictable filenames have been used. And randomly generated names aren't really nice looking. I am ...
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Is user/filesystem access separation of services enough to have well secured data of services?

I'm about to publish some of my projects. So, I'm gonna to re-install my VPS and do it properly. I'll have running on it Apache server(websites are made using Ruby and Python), databases. I'll also ...
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How do I run a program without network access? [duplicate]

I am making a program that scrapes information from some web services. I want to test how my program reacts when it can't reach the web service, like if the web service is down or if the local ...
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unknown command “vftovp” in linux command history [ Is my linux box compromised? ]

I have Slackware linux system configured with ssh remote access. While observing the command history, I discovered that there is one unknown command executed from my linux box "vftovp". I certainly ...
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A consistent and safe approach to passwordless accounts with SSH

I must admit that I like servers without passwords in some cases. A typical server is vulnerable to anyone who has physical access to it. So in some cases it is practical to lock it physically and ...
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why do we have same chains in different tables of “iptables firewall” in linux?

why do we have same chains in different tables of "iptables firewall"? Like for example: we have "output" chain in filter table, nat table & mangle table.
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Is there a technical reason why ssh-agent lacks a sudo-like inactivity/idle timeout feature?

There are some brief discussions about the existing ssh-agent -t feature at [1], and there was a post as far back as 2001 on debian-devel [2] wishing for an inactivity timeout feature. There's a ...
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Are External API's secure? [closed]

I'm new to java. So please someone explain me if we can use external API's in my work? Are they secure to use?
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How can I monitor all outgoing requests/connections from my machine?

My machine is a server so I want to ignore connections being made to my server (e.g. when someone visits my website). I want to see only connections/requests being made by my server to other places. ...
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Can administrating task of 'root' be divided to the several of “more powerful” users?

Unlike root (which is able to do everything) is it possible to have multiple administrators assigned to manage only part of a system? For example, one system could have 3 administrators: ...
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Compare Linux configuration with default

My system fails to upgrade. I suspect it was breached. Is there a way to compare system configuration to default version that should be at this date and kernel version? My current system is Debian, ...
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Find out which kernel source files were used when kernel was compiled

I am compiling the Linux kernel for my specific hardware and I only select the drivers/options which I really need. This is in contrast to a typical distribution kernel, where they compile almost ...
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How to retrieve IP addresses of possible ssh attackers?

I've just cat /var/log/auth.log log and see, that there are many | grep "Failed password for" records. However, there are two possible record types - for valid / invalid user. It complicates my ...
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How to protect against data leak?

We have a few workstations that have access to a network share with all our company files. This is correct, because users may need to use them. However our boss is concerned that someone (upon ...
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How to know su password

You already know my question. I don't have su authority. So I want to know su password. I really(x100) don't know how to find it. I tried change direction(/etc/pam.d/su) and tried to delete auth ...
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Is it possible to scan a website for repeated images?

Is it possible to determine how many times a website is using an image (specifically one that is hosted on the domain), and on what pages? Is there a command line tool, for example, that scans every ...
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Persistent SSH port forward without public keys

Problem I haven't found a solution to run an SSH port forward in a reliable and persistent fashion, when the server you are connecting to does not support public-key authentication. Question What ...
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Where do my keypresses go ?

Scenario (Ubuntu 14.04.2) : I wake Ubuntu from suspend. I know (from past experience) that it only takes 2 or 3 seconds for the lock screen to become available. My monitor, however, takes longer - ...
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Firefox in Docker, failed in isolation

While experimenting with docker, I realized I can run a browser in a container for improved security. I managed to start with a clean Docker Fedora, in which I installed the openssh-daemon package. ...
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FreeBSD 10: Do I need jails?

I'm in the process of setting up a FreeBSD 10 server with just some services on a KVM server: NGINX webserver w PHP-FPM 2 domains, 3 subdomains Mailserver 3 Email addresses MySQL (or other) ...
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Flash plugin of debian vulnerable?

I run Debian wheezy with Iceweasel as browser and have installed the Flash plugin similar to this description. Today I read that not only Flash on Windows and Mac also Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.350 ...
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Is it possible to mount a file with different ownership/permissions?

I have been experimenting with privilege escalation using the mount command and would like to know if it is possible to create a suid file owned by root without having access to any external device. ...
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md5 password hash

I'm looking to create a md5 hash to use in /etc/shadow. Someone suggested using grub-crypt. Every time I put the same password in I get a different hash. [root@endpoint ~]# grub-crypt --md5 Password: ...
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can a super user steal passwords from other users with keylogging?

First, before I get answers containing information that I already know, yes, I'm aware that the superuser can reset passwords, and yes, I know that the superuser can log in as other users without ...
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The myths about malware in Unix / Linux

Is it possible for my Linux box to become infected with a malware? I haven't heard of it happening to anyone I know, and I've heard quite a few times that it isn't possible. Is that true? If so, ...
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Is this an argument that Linux security is not impenetrable?

From what I understand, the biggest and probably only line of defense against unauthorized software (viruses and worms) from being installed on the system is to simply not allow it unless an admin ...
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Is linux secure? [duplicate]

Is linux free from almost all security vulnerabilities when compared with windows? If there are so, can i install any patches to fix them? Thanks in advance.
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Ghost Vulnerability - CVE-2015-0235

Does the Ghost Vulnerability require access (as in being a logged in user) to the effected OS in question? Can someone clarify the 'remote attacker that is able to make an application call'? I only ...
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Linux Server Hacked

I received e-mails from Google saying that my websites are hacked. This is the e-mail. Dear site owner or webmaster of domain.com (I received this email for my other domains too), We recently ...
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Why is “nodev” in /etc/fstab so important? How can character devices be used for hacking?

I am learning about linux security and struggling to understand why a USB stick with a character device on it is potentially dangerous. If I have a USB stick with a bash executable that has setuid ...
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Why there is no https transport for debian apt tool?

With all paranoia that has come with NSA revelations and everything, I'm wondering why debian package installation mechanism does not support HTTPS for its transport, let alone using it by default. I ...
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Can I use the sudoers function without enabling the suid bit?

I mounted all my FS with nosuid option and removed the suid/sgid bit from all my files. The question: It looks like I breaked sudo. It doesn't work anymore, no matter what I try to set in ...
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How to get a grsecurity kernel on Debian Wheezy using the linux-patch-grsecurity2 package?

There is a package linux-patch-grsecurity2. But it seems to be lacking documentation. How to make use of linux-patch-grsecurity2 to get a grsecurity enabled kernel?
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How do I explicitly and safely force the use of a built-in command in bash

There's a similar question that deals with the 'wrapping' scenario, where you want to replace for example cd with a command that calls the builtin cd. However, in light of shellshock et al and ...
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kernel security and IDS Firewall + AV together or not?

I try to hardening my server. For doing so, I got a general question: Should I install kernel security patches like selinux and an Anti-Virus with Intrusion Detection Firewall? Does it make sense to ...
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Chroot user exit jail [duplicate]

I am using OpenSSH chrootdirectory feature to give access to a user via ssh. Can this user exit the jail and return to the normal OS environment? Maybe with su?
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CRON session entries in logs

I'm having this in my RaspberryPi /var/log file Feb 26 21:17:01 raspberrypi CRON[15182]: pam_unix(cron:session): session opened for user root by (uid=0) Feb 26 21:17:01 raspberrypi CRON[15182]: ...
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Is it bad to select remember me option in the browsers of a compromised machine?

I was reading an article on how to sniff network packets. (of course for knowledge purposes only). I came across these particular lines. For instance, say I was sniffing traffic on the network, ...
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Running unsigned javaws code

For a KVM remote console I need to be able to run a jnlp file. When I run it I get: net.sourceforge.jnlp.LaunchException: Fatal: Initialization Error: Could not initialize application. at ...
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Protected archive (7z, RAR, Zip) open at a specific time

Are there any compression tools that are unopenable or password-protected until a specific time, at when the security is then lifted? Literally an enforced: "Do not open until --/--/----"
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Throttle accounts after failed SSH login attempts

I have to set up a server that will allow remote logins. Obviously security is an issue. In this first pass we are discussing:- Locking a person for 15 minutes if they fail to login correctly three ...
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Different password for login and sudo - security concerns

I'm planning to follow the steps described in this answer to have a different password to log in and sudo. The reason is that I want a high security password to access my account or unblock the ...
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How to set up users, ownership and permissions across local and remote servers?

I've been learning the Linux OS over the last year or so and I am still very confused on how permissions vary from different configurations. I am trying to set up my local development environment and ...
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how to set up permissions of “download” dir to prevent execution of exploit program

There is a host with a local service that receives data from a remote location (via e.g. http) and saves it locally under /var/log/data/ in some mydir. $ ls -al /var/log/data drwxr-sr-x+ 4 root ...
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Is it possible to access any file or dir within a non-accessible directory? [duplicate]

Say I set my home /home/john directory as not readable for any other user. But I've forgotten to do so with some files within that directory, say ./.bashrc or ./Downloads/Presentation.ppt. Now, if ...
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My server is constantly being attacked [closed]

I am fairly new to the system administration world. I've been working on an application recently and when I check my application server logs, I constantly get various IP addresses trying to ssh into ...
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Returning from a sleep the desktop displays shortly (before entering password), privacy issue

OS: Linux mint 17.1 Cinnamon 64-bit Cinnamon version 2.4.6 Intel Celeron: 900 @ 2.20Ghzx1 Memory 2 Gb Graphics Card: Intel Mobile 4 series integrated When I return to my computer after it has been ...
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How to update all Debian packages from source code?

For building packages from source code, there is apt-get source --compile pkg-name. But for it to work, one has to run apt-get build-dep pkg-name beforehand, which downloads binary packages. Is it ...
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How can I test whether Chromium is running inside sandbox

I am using Chromium browser on Debian Wheezy. I read that Chromium is using sandbox to isolate its processes from the rest of the system and thus to increase security. How can I verify that Chromium ...