Unix is a family of multiuser, multitasking operating system that is widely used in workstations, servers and embedded devices. The best-known Unix variant is Linux.

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How can I protect myself from this kind of clipboard abuse?

Clipboard abuse from websites Many websites use JavaScript or CSS to stealthily insert or replace text in the user's clipboard whenever they copy information from the page. As far as I know this is ...
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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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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 ...
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Linux /etc/shadow password change security

I wonder what happens what happens when I am changing my password on a Linux system. Basically all passwords are stored in a file called /etc/shadow or /etc/master.passwd in BSD-like systems as I do ...
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Is mosh now recommended by the security experts? (2014)

Mosh has been around for a while now. Although it's claimed to be "a replacement for SSH" by its authors, mosh does actually depend on ssh to do the initial authentication, after which an instance of ...
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UNIX Servers: Possible intrusions or attacks that do not use any of the open listen sockets

What type of attacks are there that do not use open TCP or open UDP ports? Is it safe to assume that no open ports means no remote access? (Excluding the possibility that there is a badware already ...
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Is it insecure to have an SSH server on a workstation?

I know one systems administrator who runs SSH Server on his workstation to push files to it and check things from a phone but I think it is a bad idea for several reasons: An operations workstation ...
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Shellshock Bash bug on mobile systems

Does the bug in Bash affect Android or iOS mobile systems?
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How do I ensure data encryption on Samba transmission on *NIX systems?

I have a heterogeneous system (both MS and *nix) that communicates with CIFS/SMB. How can I ensure proper data encryption at the application layer?
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OpenBSD vs. NetBSD security

If i search for the two words: OpenBSD and NetBSD on: http://www.exploit-db.com/ then i get 17 hits regarding security bugs on OpenBSD, and 8 hits regarding security bugs on NetBSD. So what are ...
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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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What is your default umask set to?

What is your default umask set to? Did you run into any problem setting a stricter default umask?
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What prevents this exploit from working (unix SUID)?

If I have a user on a unix system where Im allowed to create new files, what prevents me from downloading an executable file onto that system which is already SUID'ed to root on a different system? ...
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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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Is it safe to attach a potentially malicious hard drive to a Solaris machine?

We bring in hard drives from un-trusted sources and would like to ensure that they will not contain any harmful content. What kind of risk is there for Solaris? As in, if Solaris is running, and I ...
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SHA-512 unix passwords. How secure are those hashes, really?

I came across this very alarming sounding thread which indicates a GPU with about half the compute capacity of the GPU currently powering the monitor I type this on is capable of 11.5k c/s. I'm not ...
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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 ...
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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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What are the dangers of storing webserver temp files in the /tmp/ folder?

I have configured my first publicly accessible nginx server. I have configured it to use a /tmp/nginx folder to store temp files. This includes the body of http requests, proxy files etc. The /tmp ...
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How is the available entropy in /dev/random calculated (or estimated)?

It seems (to a non-expert) that /dev/random is acclaimed to be useable as a source of pure random data. However, I am curious as to the analysis of the file /dev/random. /dev/random is a collection ...
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Could browsers improve security of stored passwords by using setuid?

On Unix-esque systems, Mozilla Firefox stores a users' preferences, web history and stored passwords in a set of files that are readible and writeable by that particular user. This makes sense: when ...
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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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How is the password prompt going to protect me from ruining my computer?

On Unix based systems, I'm often prompted to enter my password before installing or running a program. Why does this protect me? If I'm running a kiosk, I understand that a password might prevent ...
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What is the meaning of the term “simple string” for the SALT string in Unix crypt using SHA-256 and SHA-512?

In Unix crypt using SHA-256 and SHA-512 the author, Ulrich Drepper, introduces the SALT string as the following (highlight by me): For the SHA-based methods the SALT string can be a simple string ...
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Finding environment variables with gdb, to exploit a buffer overflow

I have to exploit a very simple buffer overflow in a vulnerable C++ program for an assignment and I am not being able to find the environment variable SHELL. I have never worked with BoF before, and ...
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What are the benefits of having multiple overwriting patterns for secure deletion? [duplicate]

When installing a new AIX server, there is a possibility to use several patterns for secure deletion. My question: Is it necessary to use several patterns? What is the benefit from having several ...
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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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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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Dangerous to open a unix socket within www root?

My web server is chrooted into /var/www, and its contents are available over the network. One of my web applications needs access to a unix socket, and so that socket needs to be somewhere in ...
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S/Key as an alternative to UNIX passwords

There is this password system called S/Key I saw on the Internet. Can someone give me a brief description about S/Key and how it works? Can S/Key be an alternative solution to the UNIX password ...
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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 ...
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Can UNIX Domain Sockets be locked by user ID?

If I created a folder /tmp/me with permissions 700, and started a process under me that starts a listen socket under /tmp/me/socket. I currently assume that a connection to that socket originated ...
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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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OpenBSD-based LiveCD/LiveDVD - is it secure? is it offical?

Does the OpenBSD LiveCD/LiveDVD get deeply audited like the original OpenBSD? Is it an official "port"? Experiences with it?
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BSD encryption advantages [closed]

If someone who knows about the BSD project has a moment to answer this, I'm wondering a few things about the encryption used. It's more than what I'm finding in the docs and on Wiki/Google (even the ...
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Security Implications of setting passwd as suid

When the passwd command is executed, it runs as the root user. Can't this be exploited? If not, why?
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Is it wrong to root login with SSH?

I've long been under the impression that with unix, you should never login as root. Now I've started using Virtual Private Servers over at DigitalOcean, and some advice is to use SSH keys to login as ...
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is root@localhost the same as Unix root with GUID = 0 and ID = 0?

Is a Mysql root user (root@localhost) the same as the computer root account (GUID = 0, ID = 0) ? I mean, is it the root which is executing the script? How can I know if the users are the same?
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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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Why superuser or administrator account should never locked?

Why should administrator or superuser account never locked regardless how many incorrect login attempts are made? What should be done instead to alert the staff to the attempted instrusion?
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unix config scanner / compliance checks

I'm looking for a tool, that scans unix operating systems for configuration issues. E.g. a script that finds PermitRootLogin yes in the ssh config file or with other words: a script that automates ...
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OBSD X11 as non-root?

If running X11 as root is not a very good idea, then can anyone mention a method/solution, how to still use a GUI, and not having X11 as root?
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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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Create netcat listener and execute reverse shell in the same script

I'm coding an exploit in python that exploits a command injection vulnerability for a CTF and I'm wondering how could I start a netcat listener and then send the payload to the remote host and once ...
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What is a good method to report security breaches that are being used to actively spam?

I received an email the other day purporting to be from a bank I hadn't even heard of, so I decided to poke around. On some quick investigation, it looks like something has just latched onto some poor ...
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Eavesdropping a communication between a local application and the network

After some digging on the Internet, I've been unable to find a satisfying solution for my curiosity... Here's the thing : using a shell script, I've been able to obtain a list of IP addresses ...
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unix malicious scripts/ksh execution

I'm wondering whether my architecture poses a security risk. Details: The whole website is not ROOT owned but still, the APACHE user used instead has some pretty advanced permissions. I have a ...
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Is the mount manpage saying nosuid *is* secure, or is *not*?

I'm a bit confused about the description of nosuid in the mount manpage on this RedHat system I'm setting up: nosuid Do not allow set-user-identifier or set-group-identifier bits to take ...
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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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Where is my password stored on Linux? [duplicate]

Is there a specific location where the passwords are stored ? Is it depending on which version is used ? Are they salted ?