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When running 'su - username', pam_group doesn't add additional groups from /etc/security/group.conf but sshd login does?

I am having trouble determining why su doesn't behave as the PAM configuration would imply. In short, using su to become another user should load secondary groups according to PAM configuration, but ...
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Are there risks to auto-login/passwordless login other than physical access control?

Does auto-login/passwordless login leave the computer in exactly that same state as it would be after manually logging in, or does it create security risks of a type other than physical access ...
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How to use a separated user with GUI on OpenBSD?

A webbrowser is a GREAT attack vector since people use it to access the "dangerous" internet. Very bad things can come in through to the desktop. So in general for a desktop, we can do the ...
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Cannot connect to ssh server

I am having trouble connecting to my ssh server. It responds with a lengthy error message about no network etc. but it is the last message that concerns me: Sometimes, such troubles can be caused ...
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Intel Advanced-N 6235 wireless monitor mode problem

As far as I know, iwlwifi drivers (and this particular wireless card) support monitor mode. The only requirement is to install the latest driver from ...
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CUPS and printer security

I would like some help on securing a networked printer. Specifically, I'm interested in the following: 1) Preventing unauthorized access to the printer: I would like only certain laptops that connect ...
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Ubuntu : puppet f5 device config : Partition '' doesn't exist

This is a Puppet question that I've posted on the PuppetLabs forums with no response. I'm also posting here because I'm hoping that with a wider audience I might find someone knowledgeable re Puppet ...
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Understanding getlogin spoofing

My question is in three (or so) related parts: 1) My understanding is that getlogin() will effectively return the auid associated with the process and so isn't actually changable by the user. Is that ...
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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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Why do I get a different RSA fingerprint when multihopping using ProxyCommand

I'm using the following config to connect to multihop to the target host (gw2 and target have my public key stored in the authorized_keys file ; no netcat on all systems): Host gw1 HostName ...
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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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Finding out the script causing MySQL failed connections

I see lot of lines in mysql.log Connect Access denied for user 'M'@'localhost' (using password: NO) I am sure I don't have such a user on my system. I need to figure out what script is ...
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How do I securely automate inputting passwords?

I would like to automate an SSH connection so that I wouldn't have to enter password and I am not allowed to use authorized_keys. I was thinking about making an expect script but I don't know where I ...
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setting up nested X sessions with Xephyr properly (and securely)

I am trying to set up Xephyr properly and securely, so that I can run another (nested) instance of LXDE under a different user inside my primary LXDE session. I would like to use this nested session ...
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Initial iptable rule and knockd operation in vps

Today I launched a vps with Debian 7 x64 and started playing around with it. I installed xampp as well as knock daemon to get my hands dirty. So, all I wanted to do was to actually block all requests ...
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How can I set a group policy to all access on all folders except one?

I am currently making a test environment where users will be going through a network administration course with different levels they must complete. Due to the nature of the course, we want to give ...
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Establish IPSEC Tunnel between two Ubuntu 12.04 PCs over LAN

I have two ubuntu 12.04 32 Bit PCs between which I want IPSec Tunnel to be setup. I have setup ipsec in both systems and ipsec verify runs fine on both. Since I have no prior experience of openswan, I ...
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Files associated with Thunderbird - Security mechanism for local storage

I am trying to know how Thunderbird stores the mails, associated files in the local machine. I use Ubuntu 13.10 and Thunderbird 24.6.0. When I see in the local profile folder in the location in ...
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Are there any loopholes in IP restricting sshd?

Say that i want to only allow username/password logins on my private network, but restrict all external sources on to key/cert login. I would do something like this: RSAAuthentication yes ...
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Security of Fedora third party repo RPMFusion

Due to the nature of Fedora licensing, it does not come with many propeitary software like adobe, flash, and codecs. So many Fedora users resort to using RPMFusion. My question is how safe is ...
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Change password hashing to PBKDF2 on Debian-based OS

I'm looking for a way to change the hashing scheme on my Debian-based OS from sha512 to pbkdf2. Searching the internet hasn't helped much. The closest I've got is this question: Enable Blowfish-based ...
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Is there a Linux capabilities(7) to allow a process to execute pam_authenticate?

I am writing a process that needs to periodically authenticate users (i.e. call pam_authenticate()). For security purposes I would prefer not to run this process with root privilege. I can use ...
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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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Limit program execution to a list of arguments

I would like that my Unix users can only run a specific command insecurecommand with a controlled list of arguments stored in a file. The only solution I have found at this time is to : Create a ...
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backupninja: password outside config file

I would like to use a dup rule in backupninja to make an encrypted remote backup. The configuration file format includes entries for the encryption and ftp password. I would like to move them out of ...
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What information is sent from client to the server when a SSH connection is established?

So let's say I'm on machine A and connect to machine B, and then from there I connect to machine C (with three different usernames). So the SSH connections are: A (john) --> B (eli) --> C(bill) ...
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AppArmor: make it ask me for decision to allow/disallow

I'm having fun writing AppArmor profile for firefox. I like to open downloaded files directly from firefox (by double-click on it), it is really convenient. But then firefox should have permissions ...
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I'm wondering about CUPS security. What can I do?

I run Debian Wheezy on a old Acer Aspire One ZG5 model netbook as a server. I have a printer shared to all my other systems and I'm worried about security. On the server I have IPtables set up to ...
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What keys are generated during Debian 7.4 (Wheezy) installation?

We are concerned lest /dev/random (or /dev/urandom) be hit too early in the installation process for adequate entropy to be developed. In a basic Debian 7.4 installation (SSH Server and basic ...
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Ulimits and pam modules

Can you explain me the relation of ulimit setting on a proccess and line session required pam_limits.so in pam module. In wich modules i really require this line? I have this line in pam.d/su ...
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Unable to set capability CAP_SETFCAP by user

The question is about capabilities. I need to allow user to set capabilities using setcap. When I call it by root all goes fine, eg $ sudo setcap cap_dac_override,cap_dac_read_search+ep ./bin_file $ ...
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How to secure Apache/MySql/PHPMyAdmin against brute force/dictionary attacks? (Fail2ban?)

I'm wanting to run a publicly accessible server for web hosting. I'm interested in preventing brute force attacks made against PHPMyAdmin or any other form of authentication process I may include in ...
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Assigning an identity to an IPsec policy in Linux

Page 36 of RFC2367 (PF_KEYv2 Key Management API) states that when the kernel needs an IPsec security association for an outbound packet, but does not have one, it will ask the key management daemon ...
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maldet and possible false positives?

I have been using maldet for many months and it's worked fine up until now. As of about a week ago, it is detecting a mass {HEX}PHP.Bypassshell in nearly every PHP file. I even downloaded a clean copy ...
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Reverse ssh-agent forwarding and unlocking remote keys with your local keys

So the following two things should both be possible to do with ssh the question is just how difficult they would be and I'm hoping someone can give me an easy answer. 1) Suppose I have several ...
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ufw in laptop running Ubuntu

I installed ufw and enabled it. The status is: Status: active Logging: on (low) Default: deny (incoming), deny (outgoing) New profiles: skip But, I am able to navigate the web, get emails and ...
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How to add my own created certificate authority to system trusted repositories

I was told that I can add my created CA to trusted repositories/authorities in my system instead of adding it from browser and configuring in in ssl.conf. Yet I can't find anything similar on the ...
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Deny/allow a user's access to a port dynamically

I have stumbled upon this little tech dilemma yesterday, and know that there is a solution to it (IRC BNC resellers have it implemented already). However, the exact details and implementation elude ...
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Using Metasploit with 3G USB modem

I have a computer with Linux BackTrack 5 as host and Windows XP as guest on virtual box. I am using Host-Only-Adapter to create virtual LAN and to share USB modem internet as well so that both host ...
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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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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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Information about the 1630/master app

When I run $ sudo netstat -a --programs | grep LISTENING | grep 1630 I will get this output. Do you know what good are processes running under this app name? Why they I running on my system and if ...
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How to make dnsmasq avoid DNS cache poisoning?

Some domain gets DNS cache poisoning if dnsmasq is the nameserver. But the problem is gone if switch to BIND (named). Is there a easy configuration of dnsmasq so that DNS cache poisoning can be ...
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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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Sudo User: Not able to see the home directory of other users

I created sudo user hrsupport with following commands: hrsupport ALL=ALL, NOPASSWD: /bin/chown, /bin/chmod, /bin/chgrp, /scripts/pkgacct, /scripts/restorepkg How can I achieve this The hrsupport ...
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Network Manager losing saved vpn passwords in Mint 17

my vpn is setup in the network manager, and the passwords are saved in there. however, those passwords are disappearing, they will be there for several days, and then be gone. what could be causing ...
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httpd and mod_security woth OWASP's dos rules

I'm trying to setup the mod_security on my httpd web server. I have followed the basic steps yum install mod_security I put the modsecurity_crs_10_setup.conf in the /etc/httpd/modsecurity.d I put ...
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Investigate compromise on Fedora 20

I am running Fedora 20, and I just discovered that a client's server was logged in to back on October 9th from my ip address, and an erroneous ftp account was created on each of his cpanel ...
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Reading Suricata log files with Barnyard or Wireshark

I have Suricata 2.0.3 running on CentOS 6.5. It generates files that I cannot read. I have read that two options for reading the log files (in unified format) are barnyard and WireShark. I ...
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How do I force a command to be run on local login?

I was wondering how do I force a command on login of a linux system? (debian 7). This is for a 2FA authentication command. I am asking for a local login.. not ssh.