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Can sshd block IPs with failed attempts or is a tool like denyhosts or fail2ban necessary?

I am only indirectly familiar with denyhosts (and only just discovered fail2ban) and they certainly seem like worthwhile tools. However, after looking through the options for sshd_config I am trying ...
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Explain the last part of how Mitnick hacked Tsutomu Shimomura with an IP sequence attack

I was reading up on why TCP ISNs need to be randomized, which led me to this write up by Tsutomu Shimomura. I understood how IP address spoofing and predicting the ISN helped the attacker establish a ...
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Safe to use setuid with absolutely no input?

I have a shell script which syncs some files from a remote source and I have a pretty typical HTTP server set-up. There is a user who owns the files served by the HTTP server and a user which runs the ...
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Improve the security of a website implementing the least privilege principle [duplicate]

I am a beginner and I am trying to program a secure website to improve my skills and knowledge. I am under Linux and I am using LAMP with php. My website is similar to a social network so people will ...
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Improve the security of a website implementing the least privilege principle

I am a beginner and I am trying to program a secure website to improve my skills and knowledge. I am under Linux and I am using LAMP with php. My website is similar to a social network so people will ...
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Is there any way to block LD_PRELOAD and LD_LIBRARY_PATH on Linux?

Preferably with a vanilla Linux kernel i.e. not using SELinux or GrSecurity? Lately there has been a case of in-the-wild UNIX server malware: ...
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My sendmail started sending spam; what is causing it to do so? [closed]

Today my sendmail service started sending e-mail to various addresses. /var/spool/mail: From MAILER-DAEMON@noxcommunity.com Fri Jan 30 22:15:30 2015 Return-Path: ...
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Is Java vulnerable to glibc GHOST Vulnerability in Linux?

I see on our RedHat Linux platform that "java" process has dependency over glibc library: [root@hpproliant1 ~]# ldd /usr/bin/java linux-gate.so.1 => (0xffffe000) libpthread.so.0 => ...
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How should I deal with adware in chrome on ubuntu?

I use chrome (but also have firefox) on ubuntu 14.04 32-bit. Recently I started getting popups from 'softwareupdaterlp.com'. I had the sense to realize it was not legitimate and I didn't click install ...
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Why doesn't Linux randomize the address of the executable code segment?

I've recently been learning about how ASLR (address space randomization) works on Linux. At least on Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, there are two kinds of executable programs: Position ...
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Bogus HostName Causing Suspicion of Man In The Middle

I have servers on a LAN reporting my laptop with a bogus hostname. This is making me suspect a man in the middle attack. Here are some details: From an Ubuntu Linux 14.04 laptop, I logged into an ...
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Is there any method to prevent/trace ddos attack?

I have a debian linux server which run a few online game services. I have some competitors in this area and i think one of them is behind the ddos attacks. I have full access to the router, so I set ...
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Best method to sandbox X applications in ubuntu

What's the best way to sandbox an X application like firefox or thunderbird in ubuntu (going into the direction of what qubes os does, but only for single applications)? I know there are many ...
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Linux Repo Security

Can a registered 3rd party repo spoof critical packages (e.g libc6) and have them installed on apt 'upgrade' operations? What are the best ways (configuration) to help manage 3rd party repos to ...
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What is a secure mechanism for wireless communication between Android and Ubuntu?

I have come across a few Android apps that provide various features for communicating with a desktop machine (sending text or typing in one direction or another, controlling the desktop pointer with ...
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How does the Samba misconfigured '/etc/passwd' file security bypass vulnerability work?

I just found this vulnerability on http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/36363/references, which affects several samba server 3.0.xx. Can anyone explain more about this vulnerability? How this bypass ...
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About SHA1 in default Disk Encryption in Linux

Link to the Thread: Recommended options for LUKS (cryptsetup) I wonder what's the exact difference between SHA1 and SHA512. I know that SHA512 has a longer key but I've read that it doesn't matter ...
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Security of Linux Full Disk Encryption (Ubuntu / Mint) -insecure?

I'm wondering, why is Ubuntu and Mint using SHA1 for Full Disk Encryption? I heard several times that SHA1 shouldn't be used anymore because it is weak and it could be cracked. Could you guys ...
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Bruteforce with Hydra [duplicate]

I'm trying to use a Hydra script in the following scenario on localhost and Linux: After web form login, my app redirects to another page with header(Location: internalpage.php) I use this syntax ...
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Is a rand from /dev/urandom secure for a login key?

Lets say I want to create a cookie for a user. Would simply generating a 1024 bit string by using /dev/urandom, and checking if it already exists (looping until I get a unique one) suffice? Or should ...
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Is there any security risk with adding a **root's** public key to the local user's authorized_keys (so root to login as a user non-interactively?)

Background: I want to try unprivileged lxc containers a try on my small web server (hosting 2-4 users). Since the server is shared among friends, we decided to separate our services from the machine ...
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Upload a file into directory with public write access

I know it is not right to set a permission for the folder as 777, but if it is done so will it be possible to upload a file into that directory without ftp access ? Here is what I mean Lets say the ...
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Key generation: Differences between GnuPG classic, stable, modern?

I plan to create a 4096 bit RSA&RSA key pair: gpg --gen-key --personal-digest-preferences SHA512 --cert-digest-algo SHA512 Is there any difference in generated key quality between versions 1.4 ...
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Firewall egress filtering / quick whitelisting

Suppose your Aunt or Uncle is easily fooled by phishing attempts and their computer has multiple root kits and key loggers running. Assume their computing habits will never change. Looking at his ...
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Why can't just any program use his own file-system-access-system?

This may sound stupid for everyone who knows more than me about the UNIX-System and security in software: Imagine you have a program trying to cause harm by deleting files. You just do something like ...
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How to securely install software on Ubuntu?

How to install a software like Sublime Text on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and mitigate against a MITM attack? There is a PPA available, but the PPA must be added manually. I don't see any PGP keys or MD5 ...
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List all files with only arbitrary file path read, but no directory listing nor sudo

I have found a path traversal vulnerability that allows me to read any path on the server that does not require sudo. To fully exploit this, I would like to know which files exist in each directory ...
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Running tails on a corporate computer

Is it safe to run TAILS on a corporate computer? I mean a corporate computer that has hardware cryptography and probably some backdoors; and, by safe, I mean that nobody will be able to recover what ...
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Protecting against bad USB in ubuntu

I am referring to this thread: How to prevent BadUSB attacks on linux desktop Since i want to install ubunto onto a possible infected usbDrive using a live DVD and the installation manager i was ...
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what does it mean to be setuid root?

I am reading Tanenbaum's Modern Operating Systems 3e. He says "Suppose that the program being attacked [with malicious code] is SETUID root in UNIX (or has Administrator power in Windows). The ...
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Debian encryption is as safe as Truecrypt. Is this correct?

When I try to install latest debian to my pc, the wizard ask me to input a password to do FDE(full disk encryption). My questions are: What algorithm does Debian use? (Truecrypt = AES) Can I change ...
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SELinux ignoring /etc/sysconfig/selinux directive

I'm running SELinux on CentOS 6.5. In /etc/sysconfig/selinux I have set SELINUX=permissive. But everytime the system starts, sudo getenforce shows SELinux as Enforcing. What could be causing it to go ...
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ARP: Forwarding or dropping with IPTABLES

So, I ve been trying to ARP Poison my home computer and router (Intended to learn and discover the networks bahaviour). And with success. The whole time I ve been using: with ...
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Is openVZ patched against all exploits for its current kernel version?

I am looking for a container vitalization software that will allow me to create containers that will house specific software/jobs/tasks which I can start stop at will (and bind to interface aliases). ...
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LUKS nuke efficiency

I am wondering about LUKS nuke patch efficiency. In fact, I think I don't really understand it. From what I know of LUKS, a passphrase is used to encrypt a random key (the master key), which is used ...
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Exploit failed [unreachable]: Rex::ConnectionTimeout The connection timed out(remote host ip)

I keep getting this when I start to exploit, trying to exploit my xp machine but this keeps happening, I can not find the fix anywhere, I don't believe I am the only one getting this.. I am a ...
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Secure password transfer from stdout to another window

I am currently trying to build a little, secure password manager. As of now, I've implemented the encryption. Each website has its own file and each file has a number of fields (Most commonly username ...
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Cracking passwords after a pattern with John

So I am trying to find out how easy it is to crack a password using some great Linux tools. We all know about John as a password cracker and how great it is. But how about specifying a pattern. ...
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Security measures and anti-virus on server to mitigate acting as a propagation vector

We have a web application for which I've been asked to add the ability to let users upload documents that will then be visible and downloadable by other users. Those documents will typically be images ...
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Is Linux's 'W' command a security breach?

I was surprised that the out of the box 'W' command on Linux provides so much information without needing any SUDO or admin permissions. In particular, the command shows the command line of each ...
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Copy Metasploit from Linux to Mac OSX? [closed]

I'm just wondering is there anyway to move Metasploit framework from Linux to Mac completely and It will be work ? and if yes , how ?
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Fastest way to “lockdown” CentOS and have network intrusion detection, firewall, etc up and running?

Are there any proven concepts or "installers" to get up and running based on the best practices securing and locking down a CentOS installation? I'm hoping for an automated tool that would scan the ...
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Ubuntu/Debian Is it okay to use a sudouser account as my primary on a workstation?

This question comes to you from the the common WindowsNT advice that "I", as the computer administrator, should login with a normal unprivileged user account for day to day use. Does this concept have ...
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Limit Packets Per Second

Since last week I have been seeing something fishy and it seems to be worsening. I tried many firewalls and they seem to be useless. I blocked all unwanted ports and only few ports are open so I found ...
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Can a virtual machine be used instead of the host?

I was thinking of using a Debian guest as my main 'host' instead of my actual host (Ubuntu). Do you think this will have any advantages in terms of making it difficult for digital forensics to ...
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Using TPM with DMcrypt?

Is it possible to use TPM for storage of some private key? It's not a full-disk encryption , I want it to be compatible with existing LUKS, just add another key, and store it in the TPM.
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Is it possible to use the aircrack-ng tool to crack a WPA2 Enterprise network?

is this tool (aircrack-ng) capable of cracking into a WPA/WPA2 Enterprise network? This tool has major success cracking the passwords of WEP/WPA networks. If it can, how, but if not, is there another ...
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Which Linux kernel vulnerabilities allow installing a kernel-level rootkit?

My question is related to vulnerabilities that allow installing a Linux kernel-level rootkit (for example, to modify the execution flow inside the kernel; for return-oriented attacks; or to modify ...
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Ubuntu backup to only specific devices

I am looking into setting up a secure Ubuntu server with daily backups to two different external hard drives that will be swapped with the external hard drive that is stored in a safe deposit box. ...
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Benefits to BlackArch over Kali

Besides BlackArch having a cooler name and the whole Ubuntu vs. Arch Linux thing, what are the relative benefits of BlackArch over Kali? Are the tools broadly the same, or does one have better ...