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Ossec Installation Error

While installing Ossec Hids 2.6 on Redhat 5.5 installed on Virtual Machine, I got this error message. Whats wrong here.
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keeping keys on an auxiliary removable drive

It seems that servers are only as secure as the machine that holds the keys and that in turn means the desktop/screensaver password is the line of defence for not only the desktop itself but any ...
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Accounts attacked

I have run two commands below. I find some of the accounts attack as below. I do not have the account test,teste,oracle and admin in my home directory. As there system account. How to know which are ...
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How can I securely login remotely to my Linux box over the internet?

I'm pretty much a Linux beginner, but this question has been on my mind. What's the simplest, most secure way to connect to my computer at home from work or from the library, &c? I'm running Mint ...
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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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Moving a root directory to a separate partition

I'd like to create a new partition and move the contents of the /var directory to it for the security reason of having /var/www and other subdirectories "mounted" with nosuid, noexec, and nodev ...
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Shell Script mktemp, what's the best method to create temporary named pipe?

I'm aware its best to create temporary files with mktemp, but what about named pipes? I have an idea, I'm sure it would work, but I would really like an expert opinion. I prefer things to be as ...
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rsync server/daemon security

I have a NAS (Netgear Readynas NV+) at home and a linux (Arch) box at work that is always on. The linux box is already running an ssh server/daemon and the NAS is already running an rsync ...
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How to clear terminal after logging out?

Currently on my laptop when I log out I can still see traces of my last activities (in tty). How can I tell it (Gentoo) to clear the screen before logging out?
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securing SSH and disabling direct root

In these instructions below what appears on my terminal is different so not sure what I should change. After port 22 mine says #AddressFamily any and further down for protocol it has longer line ...
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What software(s) should I install on new system(with Linux as a OS) to prevent it from getting hacked? [closed]

I am switching to new system with a OS using Linux.I will be using another system which has windows ultimate which is hacked.I am being cyber bullied. I have given a reference to this as a question on ...
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Usage of stunnel for configuring secure services as a default?

Ok, I am aware nothing will beat manual security configuration through your standard daemon config files, but is it bad practice to configure stunnel for all services on say, a production ...
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How do I prevent programs from sniffing keystrokes to su/gksu?

I've read here that it's possible for any app using the X server to sniff keystrokes to any other app which is also using the X server, including su (on a terminal) or gksu. I've heard of a few ways ...
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How can I connect to a wireless network with hidden SSID using the terminal? [closed]

I'm starting to learn about wireless pentesting with BackTrack, and while learning how to find out the hidden SSID I wondered how could I connect to the wireless network after I discover the SSID. The ...
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How is the inherited file descritor vulnerability dealt with in Unices?

Ulrich Drepper describes a vulnerability in programs that have open file descriptors then they fork() and execve() without lots of very careful locking in place. He also talks about new kernel ...
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How to export a private PGP email key

I have made a keypair for my email address using gnupg. I thought that I should probably keep a backup of it so that if I lose my desktop computer I can continue using the same key. Is this the ...
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Recommended way to login to root?

After I found out hundreds of hacking attempts are made in a day I decided I want to disable logging in to root remotely via a password. But then I found I can't switch users in WinSCP so I can't ...
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Need advice on using Wireshark + aircrack-ng

I am making acquiantance with wireless security and attacks and was told to run some tests with aircrack-ng and wireshark. So I installed both of them and ran airmon to switch wi-fi card to monitor ...
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How to replace setuid with file-system capabilities

Inspired by this question here is the follow-up: As some of you may know setuid-binaries are dangerous, since some exploits use these to escalate their rights up to root. Now it seems that there has ...
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is it secure /not dangerous to ssh with keys through public transparent proxy?

I use pub key for ssh. Is it normal practice to connect to own server through public proxy? I think with plain pass it is surely dangerous but how about RSA keys?
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How many rings does OpenBSD use?

Usually a Windows/Linux operating system uses afaik max 2 rings But how many rings does OpenBSD use?
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How to ensure that anonymous FTP has been disabled on a Solaris 10 system?

What line in which configuration files in the /etc/ftpd directory do I have to check to ensure that anonymous FTP has been disabled? From my understanding now, to ensure that anonymous FTP is ...
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Running Tomcat MySQL and Apache under a group

I am trying to set up a web server at home using Ubuntu, but prefer my bash scripts to be platform agnostic hence why I am asking here. I also dislike apt-get everything. I am trying to create a ...
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What does “Do you expect to run the X Windows System?” do when installing OpenBSD?

When installing OpenBSD 5.1, I got the question: Do you expect to run the X Windows System? What change does the installer make to my system if I say "yes"? I know what X Windows is, but I don't ...
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What are EXT4 Security Labels?

During Gentoo installation of Gnome keyring, I am told to switch on EXT4 Security Labels, which is described in the kernel documentation by: Security labels support alternative access control ...
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How to disable login for an user?

My Linux has many not-human users like cron, ntp, daemon, http, etc. I want to disable anybody to login as any of this users. Real people on my machine are root and me, so only root and me should be ...
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Are sudo and gksudo safe?

I noticed after running a sudo command in terminal or running a administrative application that uses gksudo, it won't ask again for the password for a time (something like 5 minutes). Now let's ...
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How to disable remote access on a linux distribution?

So I've read in Mark Sobell's book on Linux, that Linux by default is open to remote administration. Now seen as I'm running a Fedora 17, on a laptop I never have to administrate anything on remotely, ...
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Prompt user on Linux security denial

Is it possible to make a Linux security module (eg. AppArmor, SELinux etc.) prompt the user, when an application wants to access classified files or folders (digital signatures, SSH keys, credit card ...
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why slight delay after failed login in tty [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why a wrong password gives a big delay Whenever I mistype my password when logging in in a tty, I have noticed that I have to wait for a second before I'm able to log in ...
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Iptables: matching outgoing traffic with conntrack and owner. Works with strange drops

In my iptables script I have been experimenting with writing as finely grained rules as possible. I limit which users are allowed to use which services, partly for security and partly as a learning ...
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Why is it a bad idea to run as root? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Concern about logging in as root overrated? I often hear that it's a bad idea to use root for general use. Why is this a bad idea?
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Security drawbacks of disabling tty password check

I found that, in /etc/inittab, this modification (-a username) for the user u disables the login/password check for all tty:s: 1:2345:respawn:/sbin/getty -a u 38400 tty1 2:23:respawn:/sbin/getty -a u ...
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Can other users view the arguments passed to a command?

If I invoke a command with arguments like so: bob@bob-pc:~$ command -arg1 -arg2 ...can other users view the arguments passed to the command?
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how to disallow user to change process group

Is it possible to restrict a process from changing it's process group? For example, user nobody seems to be able to call setpgid(0, 0) which sets process group of current process to pid of that ...
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How can I disable /proc pseudo-filesystem on a shared Linux environment?

Is it possible to disable the /proc pseudo-filesystem to prevent w, ps, top, etc, from showing what other users are doing? Of course, I still want "everything else" to work correctly. Is there a ...
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For an init.d startup script, what is the ideal user to use as the owner of that process

Everyone says that running processes as root is bad, since it defeats the security and privileges model. But what user should be used to run a startup process? Is it really necessary to create a new ...
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root owned program with setuid bit on

Ping is a a program owned by root with the user id bit set. $ ls -l `which ping` -rwsr-xr-x 1 root root 35752 Nov 4 2011 /bin/ping As I understand it, if a user runs the ping process, then the ...
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OpenBSD and limiting login to local only like in FreeBSD's login.access(5)

I am using OpenBSD as my desktop. I don't want to login to my machine remotely, and I don't want anyone else to login remotely. In FreeBSD there is a file called login.access(5) that can be used to ...
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Is it possible to have malware software in Linux without executing untrusted applications?

I'm linux user and I'm thinking about it's vulnerabilities to malware. Can I get any malware if I run only trusted applications from distro's repository?
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Symbolic link to a socket

From a security point of view, is it safe to create a symbolic link to a socket file? The following bits of context refer to the deployment of a web application on a shared hosting service. $ ls -al ...
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Chroot Risks w/ /dev and /proc

I am planning to set up a few chroot jails for some users to run/test Java applications (lets just assume each application is untrusted). Is there any risk involved with mounting /dev and /proc into ...
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How do I ensure outbound TCP/IP traffic always uses a VPN, even when using Wifi?

I'd like to ensure that my VPN is started and running, before any TCP traffic from any of my background services send or receive data. How can I guarantee that this is the case? How do I handle ...
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Jailbreaking HDTV

I have a Vizio internet TV, the predecessor to this one with basically the same specs, not 3D though. I wanted to try and gain root access to the tv. Using nmap I leaned that the only port open is ...
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no root shell freely available sudoers policies

I want to prevent users who need escalated privileges from obtaining any kind of a root shell. However since there are many ways to attain this, and many non root commands ( like those found in ...
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/etc/passwd sql with bash access

I just got a CentOS VPS and was reviewing the passwd file and saw this: mysql:x:498:499:MySQL server:/var/lib/mysql:/bin/bash Is bash necessary for mysql?
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SSH key-based authentication: known_hosts vs authorized_keys

I read about setting up ssh keys in Linux and have some questions. Correct me if I'm wrong… Let's say host tr-lgto wants to connect to host tr-mdm using ssh. If we want to be sure that it's the real ...
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How to use linux tools to verify a site's authenticity

When I go to certain websites where it's important for me to know that I'm connected securely, certain browsers will say that the site failed the authenticity check. Firefox won't say anything, but ...
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Is there a way to store Firefox passwords in a local encrypted database in Linux?

I want Firefox to "remember" my passwords so I don't have to type them in; unfortunately, the built-in password manager stores them in plain text, which is too high a security risk. I'd like to find a ...