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Trap: can't su as root, can't change group to wheel, ssh as root prohibited

Is this a trap? I made these steps in FreeBSD 10: 1) ssh as root prohibited 2) logged as user 3) su as root 4) as root chsh changed name of user "user" to "luser" 5) exit from ...
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How to “close” open ports?

A few days ago I started to care a lot about my data security, I end up nmaping myself with: nmap 127.0.0.1 Surprise, surprise, I have lots of active services listen to localhost: $ nmap 127.0.0.1 ...
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Why is konsole reading /etc/passwd?

In relation to this question: While observing the behavior of fatrace, I notice something which concerns me. Here are the first few lines of output of the command "fatrace|grep konsole" ...
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How to prevent a process from writing files

I want to run a command on Linux in a way that it cannot create or open any files to write. It should still be able to read files as normal (so an empty chroot is not an option), and still be able to ...
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Why is the ability to definine functions in an enviromental variable not a security risk in itself?

As I understand it, generally it is considered safe to let anyone provide information that will be stored in an environmental variable. The shellshock vulnerability is an issue here because it means ...
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How to stop users from Switching to Root user

I have disabled the root user login from Sshd.conf file so now no one can login using root user even if they know the password SOMEHOW. Now I have 3 users in server ROOT,EMERG and ORACLE. I want to ...
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When does the Puppy linux security model make sense?

I have just spent a few hours playing with Puppy linux, which has some very nice features, but there are some things about its approach to security (at least the default settings) that worry me: It ...
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Effect of entries in /etc/securetty

By default on RHEL 5.5 I have [deuberger@saleen trunk]$ sudo cat /etc/securetty console vc/1 vc/2 vc/3 vc/4 vc/5 vc/6 vc/7 vc/8 vc/9 vc/10 vc/11 tty1 tty2 tty3 tty4 tty5 tty6 tty7 tty8 tty9 tty10 ...
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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 to apply the fix for CVE-2014-6271 bash vulnerability on cygwin?

I would like to find out how do I apply the fix for this vulnerability on cygwin. I am running the CYGWIN_NT-6.1 MYHOSTNAME 1.7.30(0.272/5/3) 2014-05-23 10:36 x86_64 Cygwin of cygwin on Windows 7. ...
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How can I create a hard to kill process

I want to create a program that will be difficult to stop (even for the administrator) once it is started (with root privileges). Once started the process should continue to start itself at startup ...
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rkhunter warns me about root.rules

I run : :~$ sudo rkhunter --checkall --report-warnings-only One of the warnings I've got : Warning: Suspicious file types found in /dev: /dev/.udev/rules.d/root.rules: ASCII text and ...
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LXC containers as a sandbox environment

I am currently starting a project evaluating untrusted programs (student assignments) in a secure sandbox environment. Main idea is to create a web app for GlassFish and Java wrapper around lxc-utils ...
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Read and confirm shell script before piping from curl to sh (curl -s [url] | sh)

Whenever I have to execute a shell script from the web curl -s [url] | sh, I first open url in my web browser to make sure the script isn't malicious and is safe to run. I remember seeing a command ...
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How to check, which limit was exceeded? (Process terminated because of ulimit. )

Let's assume process runs in ulimited environment : ( ulimit ... -v ... -t ... -x 0 ... ./program ) Program is terminated. There might be many reasons : memory/time/file limit exceeded ; just ...
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Signing/Checksumming the kernel to prevent/detect manipulation

All my partitions are encrypted (/ and /home), but the /boot partition has to remain unencrypted and is open for manipulation. I was thinking about hashing the kernel on bootup and checking the result ...
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Encrypted Booting

I want to boot the Linux from the /boot partition, and also want to encrypt this /boot partition. [ AFAIK, Grub is unable to find the kernel and initrd from an truecrypted partition or cryptsetup ...
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How to use /etc/fbtab in OpenBSD to secure X11?

OpenBSD's man page afterboot(8) suggests: "You might wish to tighten up security more by editing /etc/fbtab as when installing X." How might one do this? What lines when added to /etc/fbtab would ...
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D-Bus authentication and authorization

I'm trying to set up remote access to D-Bus, and I don't understand how authentication and authorization are (not) working. I have a D-Bus server listening on an abstract socket. $ echo ...
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OpenSSL Package Rebuild CentOS 6.4 [closed]

Rebuilding openssl with Elliptic Curves on CentOS 6.4 The strategy is: 1) Download the "official" CentOS source package (.src.rpm) 2) Modify the .spec file to enable elliptic curves. (change no-EC ...
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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 ...
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How to only install security updates on debian

Because of the Shell Shock bug I need to make updates on some of our machines. But I am not sure if all of the packages suggested in apt-get upgrade are OK for my system. In other words I am not sure ...
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Where can I “hide” easter eggs for students learning about Linux security? [closed]

I feel like this isn't the best place to ask this (since there's no single right answer), but I can't think of a better place. If you have a better recommendation, could you please recommend it and I ...
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Which data should be excluded from log files , error messages etc. if posted online?

What data should one erase from log files, error messages etc., if posting them as a screenshot so as not to expose sensitive information? As I have little knowledge about this topic, I can vividly ...
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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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Securing a Debian installation for general home usage

Debian comes with several harden packages, designed to make a computer more secure. My needs are very simple: word processing and Web browsing. I do not run any special servers, do not use SSH, ...
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Why root's default shell is configured differently with other normal user account's default shell?

As I know, root's default shell is configured csh and normal user's default shell is sh in FreeBSD. And in Ubuntu, root is dash, normal user is bash. (refer: What's the Ubuntu's default shell?) Why ...
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How to best encrypt and decrypt a directory via the command line or script?

I have a directory of text files under bazaar version control and keep a copy (a branch, actually) on each of my machines. I want to encrypt and unencrypt the directory via the command line. Ideally, ...
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What is the severity of the new bash exploit (shellshock)? [duplicate]

Alternate title: Should I be worried? I've been reading up about the remote bash exploit and was wondering how severe it is and if I should be worried, especially since a new exploit has been found ...
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Moving /var, /home to separate partition

I am attempting to move some folders (such as /var and /home) to a separate partition after reading this guide: 3.2.1 Choose an intelligent partition scheme I was able to move one folder ...
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With which user should I run web servers, redis & mongodb?

On this VPS there are three users: root, another_one, nobody. All webserver files, configs, &c. are owned by root. However, I'm in doubt for what regards running things. If I use root for the web ...
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Uncover sudoer user with root privileges which ran command X?

I'm the main sysadmin of a system. In the system there are 3 sudoers users with root's privileges. The system runs a script in background which check the hash of system's utilities to detect possible ...
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Is there a way to deactivate Buffer overflow protection on my machine?

I want to do some experiments with buffer overflows on my various virtual machines, including (but not limited to) Debian 6, Ubuntu 12.04, Fedora 16, but every time I try to execute the buffer ...
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Is it normal to have a file called “shadow-” in the /etc directory?

I am noticing a lot of weird files appearing in my router and on my various filesystems. Files in weird places or files that have to do with security with a - sign after them. If I do ls -l ...
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How do I write a test for system login?

I've written a Python CGI script that invokes bash commands, and it needs to test for a successful login on the host. How do I write a test for that? For example, could I create a bash script that ...
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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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How to get Oracle java 7 to work with setcap cap_net_bind_service+ep

I am trying to grant the java executable the right to open ports below 1024 on Linux. Here is the setup /home/test/java contains the Oracle Server JRE 7.0.25 CentOS 6.4 Here is what getcap ...
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Hibernate and security considerations

How do Linux and OSX handle sensitive memory pages (e.g. cryptographic keys) when running OS is suspended to disk? If the memory image written is encrypted, how are its keys handled?
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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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Opening port 80 but remain secure

I have a standard installation of Ubuntu 10.04, and have installed the LAMP stack so I can do some web development locally. On my router I have opened port 80 so I can develop with external services ...
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Why is it a security problem to have /usr/sbin owned by bin?

The Sendmail Installation and Operation Guide (§1.3.1) asserts: For security reasons, /, /usr, and /usr/sbin should be owned by root, mode 07552[...] 2Some vendors ship them owned by bin; this ...
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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 safely give a shell to somebody?

I have a question about giving a shell account to somebody. How safe is it? He could read /etc. How can I give a secured shell account that will only restrict the user to some bins and his own home? ...
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How to set up two-factor authentication with OTP on FreeBSD?

I have a FreeBSD hosted server that I like to be able to get to from anywhere. Normally I use SSH publickey to log in, or if I don't have my SSH private key available then I might use regular password ...
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Linux: LUKS and multiple hard drives

I have a Debian Linux system (amd64) installed on a RAID-1 system encrypted device (LVM on LUKS) and will have a RAID-6 of >=4 disks where I'll put my data (LUKS and maybe LVM). I think the basic ...
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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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Debian: Which firewall for a newbie?

I have to install a firewall on my server (so without X Server). It's a debian lenny. If it is possible, I want to avoid the use of iptables. Is there a way to install/configure a firewall for a ...
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Is w command safe for users?

Some applications allow to pass password as an argument. For example: mysql --user=user_name --password=your_password db_name Is it safe? Besides the fact that typed password would be saved in bash ...
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Have I been hacked?

I run a dedicated server, where I noticed a high CPU usage recently, and checked the processes. It appears someone (mick account) was mining on my server. How is this possible? The process is below. I ...
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File protection in Unix

Is there a way to protect a file in such a way that even root cannot delete it or rewrite it after creating it? I have a file which is created by root under /var/log/ and I want to restrict all users ...