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Where can I “hide” easter eggs for students learning about Linux security?

I feel like this isn't the best place to ask this (since there's no single right answer), but I can't think of a better place. If you have a better recommendation, could you please recommend it and I ...
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Unix execute permission can be easily bypassed. Is it superfluous, or what's the intention behind it?

The unix read permission is actually the same as the execute permission, so if e.g. one process has write access it's also able to execute the same file. This can be done pretty easily:First this ...
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103 views

What's there to harden for a home Unix-box behind Comcast cable modem?

I'm learning that much of the security advice I come across under the "hardening" heading simply does not apply to a single-user home desktop box sitting in a private wireless IPv4 LAN behind a ...
1
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4answers
116 views

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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211 views

What output can a program, when executed from a command line, output to generate behavior that is a vulnerability on the terminal emulator?

Reading this post, titled "Fixing Unix/Linux/POSIX filenames", I came across a VERY interesting phrase by the author, which says: Oh, and don’t display filenames. Filenames could contain control ...
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1answer
262 views

Would adding root to a group open a security hole?

I have a server for which I have created a cron job "sendalerts" to users. Mind you this "sendalerts.php" should be runnable from two methods (via browser and also via a cron job) So cron's job is to ...
2
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2answers
204 views

Does glibc2 version of the crypt function still use DES for alternative hashing methods?

I'm trying to understand how typical Linux distributions generate the password field for entries in /etc/shadow. I can't figure out what encryption algorithm is being used to produce the encrypted ...
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438 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 ...
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2answers
225 views

What's the secure way to change UNIX permissions on a harcoded file often?

I'm writing a daemon that monitors something in the OS and flips execution permissions on a file in /run/ back and forth. The file has static contents and the file name is hardcoded in the daemon. I ...
6
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2answers
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How a malware executes remote payload

Let's assume a malware was installed (on a UNIX-based platform) with some social engineering tricks. The original installed code itself may be benign, but the only malicious activity is that the ...
2
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5answers
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Security purpose of asking admin password to mount partition on Linux

So I divided my 250GB laptop drive into 2 partitions and some swap. On the second partition which is an ext4 60GB partition I installed Fedora 17. On the other bigger NTFS partition I've got Win XP ...
8
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4answers
540 views

Does UNIX have a dual approval mechanism?

Sudo and logging is used to keep administrators accountable. But is there a command/configuration that lets you enforce a dual approval type control such as the the "Two Person Concept"? (eg. Two ...
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3answers
909 views

Is passing sensitive data through the process environment secure?

Recently I have been looking for the possibility to pass sensitive information from one process to another (at process startup time) without passing it through the command line or without using a ...
1
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1answer
336 views

Installing applications with different user accounts on linux

I have basic question about installing applications on Linux operating system, using the Oracle database as an example. When installing the Oracle database package, I created a user called ora112, a ...
4
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1answer
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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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Netcat IP Spoofing

I am connecting to a server nc -v 192.168.0.1 1111 But I want to do IP spoofing because the server on 192.168.0.1 only accepting commands from 7.7.7.7. We are two friends, I am 192.168.1.1, and my ...
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2answers
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vulnerable getlogin

I was reading "A taxonomy of Coding Errors" and I have a doubt regarding the point mentioned in C/C++ >> API Abuse >> Often Misused: Authentication(getlogin). I fail to understand the attack vector ...
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894 views

Making passwd/shadow files more secure

The passwd/shadow files in a unix-like OS contain sensitive info such as a user's password. In addition those files aren't necessarily secured: with a live CD we can access those files on the hard ...
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1answer
882 views

Can you describe a real-life scenario of exploiting sticky bits?

Sticky bit are mentioned in every UNIX security book, but I couldn't find anyone that describes the exploitation of Sticky Bit set on a file. Can you?
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Why are people saying that X-windows is not secure?

Why are people saying that X is not secure? With X I mean: https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/X_Window_System p.s.: The OpenBSD team succeeded with priviledge separation in 2003, WHY ...