Securing Linux systems and applications; understanding Linux security features.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

5
votes
4answers
489 views

Is Encrpyting Home Sufficient?

I currently have a fully encrypted Windows System, and I'm looking at switching to Ubuntu. Is encrypting my home directory (with ecryptfs) sufficient? On windows this would be problematic due to ...
5
votes
1answer
163 views

Hidden directory with 0x0d0x0a

Someone has hidden a directory to fool policies on a FTP account. The directory name was 0x0d0x0a. How did the user create a folder with that name? The directory is nearly invisible with ls but ...
5
votes
3answers
609 views

Live Linux which does not mount any hard drive in the computer

I am searching for a Linux System which runs from a CD and does not mount any hard drive of the computer. I want to prevent any possiblity to write something on the hard drive of the computer and on ...
5
votes
3answers
777 views

Phishing virus found on server

I recently had a call from BELL concerning a virus on our Linux ( Debian ) Server. Apparently Google emailed our client about an Italian Database found on our server that was doing phishing. They ...
5
votes
3answers
159 views

Best approach for restricting remote ssh session

Using the following files, I have attempted to restrict the SSH remote login. Having lack of knowledge in linux environment, I don't know the drawbacks and vulnerabilities between the following ways. ...
5
votes
3answers
387 views

How I can prove that SSH attacks are not from my application?

My ruby on rails web application is hosted on Linode. Linode opened a ticket and blamed my Linode server for attacking other servers. The logs revealed that it's a SSH brute force attack which ...
5
votes
2answers
1k views

Securing USB flash drive on linux

We have a industrial system(running on linux) with a USB port. We have the USB port only for copying certain data. Other than this we don't want the USB drive to contain any other executables or ...
5
votes
2answers
280 views

Securing data on laptop's hdd

I was wondering which is the best way to secure/encrypt data in the hard disk on a laptop that runs Ubuntu Oneiric? Setting LVM encryption? I am mostly concerned about having my laptop lost or what ...
5
votes
1answer
929 views

Does Fedora 15 still use suid bits?

I heard that Fedora 15 will not use suid bits. Is that true? Is the suid bit a security design bug?
5
votes
2answers
541 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
153 views

How is using acces() opening a security hole?

The man page for access(2) tells : Warning: Using access() to check if a user is authorized to, for example, open a file before actually doing so using open(2) creates a security hole, because the ...
5
votes
2answers
4k views

Pitfalls of SSD encryption

Encrypting an SSD is a process that is sometimes warned should be done with caution. E.g. http://en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/DM-Crypt_with_LUKS mentions how the SSD may keep hidden space used for wear ...
5
votes
2answers
6k views

How to secure a dedicated linux server running a LAMP stack for commercial E-commerce use

To be more specific, I would like to get some help, either through a tutorial or through a book, on how to configure an apache server to run securely and minimize the risks for commercial use. ...
5
votes
4answers
2k views

What are the most common files to check with File integrity monitoring software?

I have a file integrity monitoring suite and in it I have to select specific files and folders for it to monitor. There are some obvious services that I want monitored like our web-server. Is there a ...
5
votes
2answers
827 views

Escalating from Apache shell to root

I have one noob question.I tried to exploit shellshock on my Slackware linux server, but after I connect with reverse shell and User Agent I get that I am apache user and apache user don't have too ...
5
votes
2answers
1k views

Linux forensics questions (ssh config, user activity)

I'm a linux noob and have an assignment I'm a bit stumped on... We're given VirtualBox (vdi) images and raw files for the state of a linux server at 3 different dates. We're supposed to answer: ...
5
votes
2answers
1k views

How can I use nmap to distinguish between a normal linux machine and an android device?

According to this link: here, nmap 5.2 onwards is now supposed to detect android smartphones. I am using nmap 6.01 but it only identifies android devices as running a linux kernel.
5
votes
3answers
4k views

How to scan USB drive with clamav on Linux

Is there a way to scan the entire drive including auto-run and all partitions, including the master boot record (MBR)?
5
votes
3answers
4k views

Wine or sandboxie as sandboxes

I'm looking for a sandbox for Windows. I've looked at sandboxie but I don't know if it delivers what it promises. Is it actually safer to run programs inside sandboxie ? I know a full-blown VM could ...
5
votes
1answer
879 views

Linux wireless hacking book

I am looking for recommendations on a good wireless hacking book. I would like something more focused towards the defensive, but a healthy knowledge of both would be great. I would also need it to go ...
5
votes
2answers
85 views

Four eyes authentication for command execution on Linux. (OS level) [closed]

I reached the end of the internet with no success, so now I turn to you guys. What I'm after is a way to implement four eyes principle on the OS level for certain commands in Linux. Example : The ...
5
votes
1answer
230 views

Testing a chroot environment for privilege escalation vulnerabilities

I'm looking for holes in my current implementation of a chroot jail that I have implemented for a group of users. Is there anything I can do better here? I utilized the following packages: RHEL6 ...
5
votes
1answer
131 views

Is a Linux environment PCI compliant if the swap file is not encrypted and PANs are loaded into RAM?

Is a Linux environment PCI compliant if the swap partition/file is not encrypted and PANs are loaded into RAM by an application?
5
votes
1answer
279 views

How to detect malicious code sending information to attacker's server in linux

Suppose you have some malicious code on your linux laptop, for example a rootkit or trojan or something like that. Now restrict your attention to the case that the malicious code does transfer some ...
5
votes
1answer
743 views

Are Linux vendor-supplied security updates enough for PCI Compliance?

I have several systems that require PCI compliance, all of them are running CentOS 6.4 with all security updates applied daily. However, PCI compliance scanning will often reject detected versions of ...
4
votes
3answers
2k views

Privilege Escalation Ubuntu

I am trying to learn how an attacker can escalate privileges in Ubuntu 10.04. I have heard that this can be done but no one has ever said how to do it. The best defense is knowing how it is done and ...
4
votes
3answers
496 views

How do I protect myself against the attacks in this php script?

Due to a vulnerability in how PHP was installed (Shared VPS with PHP installed as an Apache module instead of CGI) and hence how OSCommerce was configured (with security of 777 on certain ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

Is GPG suitable as part of a password manager and generator?

I assume that GPG is very strong to crack, guess, etc. Since I have confidence in GPG, would it be appropriate to use my GPG key as the master key for a password manager or generator?
4
votes
3answers
1k views

How to use VNC with SSH tunnel - “is this howto secure”?

PC-A: the local machine, from where i want to see the remote machine [Fedora] PC-B: the remote machine, where the vnc server will be [Ubuntu] install a vnc client [from where you want to connect] on ...
4
votes
2answers
243 views

How secure is BSD sockets?

BSD sockets API was released in 1983. As it was implemented 3 decades ago and still being widely used, is it secure in today's scenario where every software has to be actively protected against ...
4
votes
3answers
930 views

Pseudo Random Generator is not initialized from the (entropy pool)?

The RHEL5 manuals state that /dev/urandom will use the entropy pool until it's exhausted, and then it will resort to a fall-back pseudo-random algorithm, so that it will never block. But when ...
4
votes
3answers
109 views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
158 views

How can you know what is distributed with your Linux

I'm curious, in theory, how can one know if for example kernel that is distributed with Ubuntu Linux is really what is on https://github.com/torvalds/linux and not some modified kernel which contains ...
4
votes
2answers
3k views

Need advice on linux server being hacked

I'm currently trying to find out how one of our centos servers was compromised. We were experiencing malware on our sites. After searching I finally found the malware injecting into the sites. As it ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

Server monitoring for security

We do a lot of web hosting management and have started to get into selling server management packages. However, we want to start monitoring servers for security related threats. Our clients may use ...
4
votes
1answer
147 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

How to pass PCI DSS 2.0 anti-virus requirement (5.1) on Linux?

PCI DSS 2.0 Requirement 5.1 states: 5.1 Deploy anti-virus software on all systems commonly affected by malicious software (particularly personal computers and servers). This requirement ...
4
votes
2answers
586 views

Protecting data on a laptop with linux

I'd like to keep some private data (photos, notes, ...) and my browsing data hidden. The rest is not so important. Most of the time I just put the laptop to sleep and don't shut it down often, making ...
4
votes
3answers
324 views

Is it possible to USB whitelist in Linux?

After watching Black Hat's presentation on the fundamental problems with USB "security", I'm wondering if there's a way to do USB whitelisting in Linux. Is there currently a mechanism that will allow ...
4
votes
2answers
988 views

possible exploits through avahi daemon

It is always recommended to disable Avahi daemon, for security reasons, when not in use. So, by what ways it is possible to exploit a system which has avahi daemon service running? And how can we ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

Impact of Mathew Garrett's Secure GRUB Bootloader on UEFI Secure Boot

My eyebrows rose with Matthew Garrett announcing his Secure GRUB Bootloader less than three hours after no longer being a Red Hat employee. This work and its impact on the trust chain design of the ...
4
votes
3answers
1k views

Restrict access to a specific directory on Linux

I want to limit access to a single directory on the hard disk (log files) to few processes (log files for a single process for example). All processes run under the same user, so file system access ...
4
votes
4answers
571 views

What mechanism enforces user permissions in Unix/Linux?

One of the core pieces of security in Unix/Linux systems is limiting privileges by user. For instance, certain actions can only be done by the root user. In theory, this can keep a malicious process ...
4
votes
2answers
817 views

Detect changes in /boot when using full disk encryption

When running a fully encrypted linux system using dm-crypt, the /boot partition has to be unencrypted to boot, as far as I know. I've setup a server that can be unlocked remotely by connecting to a ...
4
votes
1answer
5k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
6k views

Fail2Ban does not ban failed root login attempt

I have a small server which only open ports are ssh, http and https. I have fail2ban installed and set up so that after 3 failed attempts someone gets blocked for 10 minutes (thats the dafault I ...
4
votes
1answer
187 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
180 views

You've just acquired a newly created CentOS server, what should you do to secure it?

I've just acquired a new CentOS server, which will be hosting a Ruby on rails application, it is public facing. What should I do to secure this server?
4
votes
2answers
903 views

What are the implications of including binary blobs in the Linux kernel?

According to this there are compelling reasons for caution when installing obfuscated binaries. Knowing this, how can running binary blobs as a part of the Linux kernel be acceptable from a security ...