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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 ...
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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 ...
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Ideas on how I can fragment captured network traffic?

I am trying to create a lab environment where I can analyze common IDS solutions (starting with Snort specifically) and their ability to reassemble fragmented IP trains. I have a collection of ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Test firewall rules (Linux)

I have a question about how to test the firewall rules. To be more specific, for academic purpose I have to set up a machine which will accept all kind of packets o a specific interface. I added an ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Restarting nginx with Jenkins or Phing - is it safe to allow Jenkins to run sudo without prompt for password

I am implementing the recommendations from Integrating PHP projects with Jenkins for my own PHP projects. I have created a jenkins user in my ubuntu 12.10 server. I used Phing as my build tool and I ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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Desktop Flickers Past Lock Screen

I'm using Fedora 22 with Gnome 3. I have a password set for my user account, so when my laptop awakens from sleep, I am presented with the lock screen and must enter my password before getting to my ...
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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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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?
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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 ...
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Exploited by newbie3viLc063s

My debian server got exploited by some scriptiekiddie who used Newbie3viLc063 http://pastebin.com/jma8JRG1 . Scriptkiddie uploaded logo_php.png to my server (My permissions sucked :s) and he did run ...
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What tools can be use for Security Auditing for Redhat

Are there any good tools that can be used for Security auditing of Redhat Linux. That can audit all the critical areas of System and provide the detailed output of all the audited sections.
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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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Can you have 2 promiscuous (sniffing) ports on a single machine?

I'm wondering if you can actually have 2 (or more) promiscuous (sniffing) ports on a single machine, to monitor multiple network segments? And can you monitor them all with snort?
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SSH: Security of Pubkey Authentication vs Password

Why is Pubkey Authentication considered more secure than a password, and does this apply to my situation (described in more detail below)? I'm a scientist (no formal IT training), but I built and ...
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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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Is it safe to disable connection tracking in iptables?

While reading about NOTRACK target of raw table in iptables, I encountered an article suggesting that for certain traffic you could (or even should) disable connection tracking. The two examples were: ...
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Erasing encryption (LUKS) keys before suspend-to-RAM?

I recently had been wondering if there is a way to erase my LUKS keys from RAM before I suspend my device (usually a laptop) to S3 mode. I am interested in a solution that would work for my / ...
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Are we under hacker control?

We have a Web Server that mount Centos. Onto that WS there is an Apache (version 2.2.3) and some sites. You can log on only if you have a certificate (for root user) or via ftp (a restricted ...
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Can my /boot be compromised if I Suspend my notebook?

So if I use e.g.: LUKS, and I always suspend my notebook, then are there any methods to modify the unencrypted /boot? It contains the kernel! Or if someone tries (evil maid) to modify the /boot then ...
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What does a MCSE need to learn to be proficient regarding *nix security?

I have a top notch Windows MCSE/MCSD (developer) who wants to broaden his skills with Linux security... but needs to update his skills from the Ultrix / Yellowpages days of 40 years ago. What ...
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How can I delete a password and lock the account in one step?

I have a minimal server install on a remote machine with a root password set to a temporary, but chosen, value. I have added a separate administrator user. This user has an authorized key for SSH, no ...
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VM production server and low entropy

I'm monitoring a VM functioning as our production server. I noticed it has at many times, quite low entropy (/proc/sys/kernel/random/entropy_avail). On average our server(which among other stuff does ...
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Executing arbitrary commands through iptables-restore input

During a pentest I found a way to add arbitrary iptables firewall rules to a server. These rules get applied by way of the iptables-restore command, and I've been wondering whether there is any way to ...
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Can auditd track events that occured over NFS

I have multiple servers mounting a NFS shared called /opt/WHATEVER from Server X. Server X has auditd enables with rule: sudo /sbin/auditctl -w /opt/WHATEVER -p rwxa When events occur on Server X ...
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Wrapping system call (in reliable and secure way)

It there reliable method of "wrapping" system calls under Linux ? (Like LD_PRELOAD for wrapping shared library function calls.) Is there reliable, secure method of "wrapping" system calls (and, maybe ...
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Firewall rules to block unwanted protocols on given ports

Does somebody has an idea, that what kind of iptables/pf rule must i use to achieve this?: i only want to allow these connections [on the output chain]: on port 53 output only allow udp - dns on ...
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Why was LibreSSL PRNG unsafe on Linux?

From the source: https://www.agwa.name/blog/post/libressls_prng_is_unsafe_on_linux The first version of LibreSSL portable, 2.0.0, was released a few days ago (followed soon after by 2.0.1). Despite ...
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How secure is EncFS compared to TrueCrypt?

If I choose the paranoia option for EncFS and for TrueCrypt I create containers using the encryption algorithm AES-Twofish-Serpent and the Hash Algorithm Whirlpool. Are both methods equally secure, ...
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How to improve VPS security?

I’m using Linux based VPS hosting, and a firewall and mod_sec help to keep most hackers out. However, over the last couple of weeks I noticed several entries in mod_sec showing that an unknown domain ...
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Can BTRFS provide authentication on an encrypted disk?

One of the problems of disk encryption is providing authentication. An attacker with access to the ciphertext can modify the ciphertext at will without consequence. Given, this isn't a likely attack, ...
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/dev/random in EC2 cloud

is /dev/random any good in AWS EC2 for use in making a shared key that will be passed over a secure channel? i am concerned that a launched instance would have not much entropy to begin with. what ...
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Is symlink race a very common vulnerability in UNIX systems

As far as I know, when I am creating a new file or directory in a directory that can be written by multiple users (and thus an adversary can have made a symlink there), the only way to protect myself ...