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How to remove malware?

I use ubuntu 32 bit and chrome's infected with the softwareupdaterlp virus. I don't really know what steps I should take aside from resetting/re-installing chrome. Would really appreciate any tips on ...
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How can I have a Very secure Ubuntu Desktop system [on hold]

How can I have a Very secure Ubuntu Desktop system and where is the best place online to learn about hardening Linux, not just Ubuntu?
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Are all PHP security upgrades backported to Ubuntu 12.04 until 2017

I recently came across an extension to a popular CMS that would not install on an Ubuntu 12.04 server, because PHP version 5.3 reached end of live. I was however under the impression that all security ...
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How to only install security updates [duplicate]

Is it possible to only install the security updates. If this is possible it needs to be done on several servers and ubuntu virtual machines (Manually in command line) . I already tried a few ...
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Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS won't update libc6 to 2.15-0ubuntu10.10

In light of CVE-2015-0235, I set out to upgrade my Ubuntu Servers today. I have a 12.04.5 LTS server that refuses to update my libc6 package to the version that does not contain the vulnerability ...
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What is the 'libc gethostbyname buffer overflow' and how can I protect myself from it

Apparently there is a bug in the GNU C Library, that can cause a buffer overflow? What exactly is it, and how can i protect myself from it?! Reference: oss-security - Qualys Security Advisory ...
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CVE-2015-0235 How to update eglibc to 2.15-0ubuntu10.10

I followed these instructions and found that my glibc version was 2.15-0ubuntu10.9. How do I update it to 2.15-0ubuntu10.10? It is also mentioned here that services have to be restarted after the ...
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How can I disable all locking in 14.10?

I don't want the machine to prompt for password on resume from suspend, I don't want the machine to lock after a certain period of inactivity. At the moment, I only want it to lock a) when it boots ...
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SSD & Security & wipe Oh My

So SSD's are memory based, and therefore solid state, meaning that they have no mechanical parts like a a regular spinning hard drive. How does this affect the need to wash empty disk space and will ...
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can someone remotely access your ubuntu user account on your computer if they steal your ubuntu username and password

I would like to know if it is possible for someone who steals your ubuntu username and password to remotely access your ubuntu user account on your computer and even see what you are doing when you ...
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Is there a way to tell which application last accessed your camera?

Is there an application which will tell me which programs have last accessed my camera?
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How to password-protect an individual folder

I have to password-protect two folders: folder A is on my computer's hard drive, and folder B is on an external hard drive. Regarding folder A: I have tried encrypting folder A using Cryptkeeper but, ...
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Where do I have to specify Security Policies for Ubuntu Touch applications?

Here https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SecurityTeam/Specifications/ApplicationConfinement/Manifest I read that I have to fill the manifest.json file included in the package, but I also read that MyApps provides ...
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Why is Ubuntu only using SHA1 for WDE?

I'm wondering. In times where Hardware gets faster every week and all the NSA thingies about Snowden and such, why is Ubuntu still using Sha1 when encrypting the system over the GUI (the installer) I ...
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Is it safe to download and open files? [closed]

I understand that a virus and malware can exists in Linux. However, I have read a lot about how Linux is not vulnerable to viruses because of a variety of reasons. So does that mean that I can ...
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Asus K52Jr webcam notification LED always lit

I have been using Ubuntu 14.10 on my Asus K52Jr notebook for some time now, and this always bothered me. The webcam's LED is always lit (on Windows it only lights up if it's in use), and I'm concerned ...
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java security prompt even with exception list

I'm trying to run an applet of a website, and a prompt pops up with "Application blocked by security Java" but I have this website on the exception list! I'm running ubuntu 14.04 and Java Version 8 ...
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How to add user from apache user group in linux

The question is simple. How we can add user without root privileges (because www-data is very important for security)? For example adding user with root user: sudo adduser user group Without root ...
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ip forwarding enabled at every boot

Recently I noticed that cat /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward returns 1, something that is not recommended and I generally do not enable things I do not need that increase my attack vector. I thought, ...
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Can Port Forwarding to a Windows VM cause Security problems? [closed]

I have question. My physical host is Ubuntu 14.04. I installed Virtualbox with a Windows Server 2012 VM with IIS. I set port forwarding from my Ubuntu host to my vm. If my virtual Windows Server ...
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How do we implement requirements of password policy?

This question might look similar but I could not find a solution to this which covers all the below requirements of the policy, Hence please help me: - Incorrect pass lockout (after 3 incorrect ...
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Migration from Truecrypt to LUKS

I am looking for an alternative for True-crypt which can be used both at the disk level and with portable media. Having installed Ubuntu 14.04 ticking 'with disc encryption' enabled, it works very ...
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How to run an application on a sandbox? [duplicate]

I'm interested in running Skype on a sandbox. I don't want to use a virtual-machine however, since it's overkill just for a program. I don't need Skype's video or voice capabilities to work, chat ...
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New to Ubuntu-updates, security, on Acer Aspire One ZG5

All, I'm completely new to Ubuntu but am looking forward to working with it. I have an Acer Aspire One ZG5 (150?) from about 2008. From what I can gather, I should install 12.10 (this appears to be ...
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How to perform detail packet capture on Ubuntu firewall?

I've routed internet traffic of my other systems on this ubuntu linux system where I have configured packet forwarding. but still I am unable to get internet on other systems. Hence I want to ...
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Will creating a directory inside a system directory with 777 permission cause security vulnerability?

Can creating directories with 777 permission inside system directories cause any security weakness? For example, say I open a directory called Custom inside /usr/share/backgrounds/ and give it 777 ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10 Can't login to some secure website logins

I can generally google to find solutions to problems I have with Ubuntu, but this one has me stumped. I have been using Ubuntu 14.04 for several months, on this computer. I use Chrome as my primary ...
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How can I tell if a CVE has been fixed in Ubuntu's repositories?

Today a couple of buffer overflows in NTP were announced 1, 2. It looks like updating my system to fix these issues is in order. How can I find out if they have been fixed in the Ubuntu ...
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Looking for network surveillance tool

I sometimes use / test software that cannot be found in the apt tree. The software comes from all over the internet. When executing the software I create an extra user for this particular software and ...
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Where to store a Keepass password file?

Where would you recommend me to store a Keepass file? Usually I have my personal documents in my Dropbox account. Would it be safe to use Dropbox for this file?
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/var/log suspicious entries

For fun I tailed /var/log/auth.log (tail auth.log) and there were many of the following: sshd[16225]: Received disconnect from 203.100.83.32: 11: Bye Bye [preauth] The ip appears to be from ...
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How can you test for a DNS leak for an OpenVPN provider?

I'm currently using VPNBook with OpenVPN. I just recently learned about DNS leaking. Is there a way to scan for it?
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How do I unlock system tools such as users and date and time

I'm using Ubuntu Server 14.04 with Gnome and suddenly I can't unlock system settings such as Users and time & date: the unlock icon is grayed out even though I'm an administrator and terminal ...
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Package with bad signature got instlaled on second try: how?

I executed my daily sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade command, and got a bad signature error when hitting google chrome: Fetched 2178 kB in 2s (981 kB/s) Reading package lists... ...
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Can I install all the hacking tools of KALI on Ubuntu12.04 LTS?

I want to know is there any way to install all hacking tools of kali on ubuntu 12.04 ? If yes then pls tell me how ? like sqlmap , nikto , john , aircrack-ng etc . Thanks.
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Do I stick with 12.04 lts or upgrade to 12.10 or higher?

I recently bought a laptop with ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I have only used windows so far, so I admit I'm a noob at ubuntu. Since I only need it for reading, writing papers, entertainment and communication, ...
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A Software Center review claims Ruby has a virus. Is it accurate?

I'm working on a Javascript webapp and trying to figure out how to add documentation. It seems like the only option is to install something that lives on a server. I thought maybe I'd try JSDuck. It ...
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ima-evm in 14.04 server?

I was looking for an Ubuntu-packaged ima-evm-utils for Trusty server (amd64), but no luck. (It is available in 14.10.) While I can build this from source, it would be better to have a supported ...
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How to config PORT KNOCKING on CSF ubuntu server and access it by linux?

I'm trying to run port knocking work on a CSF on a small VPS, i setup this: 1 - the result of csf first test ok 2 - TCP_IN = "53,80" TCP_OUT = "53,80,113,443" UDP_IN = "53" UDP_OUT = "53,113,123" ...
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How can I use public-key encryption for luks?

I have been running luks with the following commands: $ sudo dd if=/dev/urandom of=/keyfile bs=1024 count=4 $ sudo cryptsetup luksFormat /dev/XXX keyfile $ sudo cryptsetup luksDump /dev/XXX And it ...
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Wrong timestamp in syslog

I was taking a look on my syslog, and I found this: Nov 30 22:30:01 nori-hidamari NetworkManager[963]: <info> (wlan0): canceled DHCP transaction, DHCP client pid 2580 Nov 30 22:30:01 ...
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Is bash safe yet on 10.04?

Running shellshock test from https://shellshocker.net/ on updated 10.04.4 LTS 32.bit says it is still vulnerable to CVE-2014-7186 and CVE-2014-7187 CVE-2014-6271 (original shellshock): not vulnerable ...
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Can anybody read my password protected hard drive files using my hard drive as secondary hard drive?

So i have a laptop with ubuntu as OS. now can anyone having physical access to my hardrive ,see my data just by simply using it as secondary hard drive in another laptop or machine?
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How to set up apt-get ssh transport with chroot

I want to set up a private APT repository that is only accessible by a shared public key, via the ssh transport. The only problem is, this also gives ssh access to the machine. I would therefore like ...
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Application Whitelisting

How does an Ubuntu administrator implement application whitelisting? For example, if I create a LAMP server and I only want SSH, Apache, MySQL and PHP to be able to execute. How can I prevent any ...
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Every installation on desktop asks for passwords that I never set in the first place

Everytime I boot up and try to log in using ubuntu, it asks for a username and password: which I have never set in the first place. So I log in under guest account. But when I try to change ANYTHING ...
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Can I make Apache more secure by removing read access from the others group?

It says in the Apache documentation security tips to set your server root directory and sub-directories to be owned by root, with a group of root and to not be writeable by non-root users. However it ...
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Ipsec connection fails between two hosts

I have two systems: Host1 (IP address - 10.1.0.1) and (Host2 IP address - 10.1.0.2) I configured IPsec on both machines as below: Host 1 config (/etc/ipsec-tools.conf) #Host 1 /etc/ipsec-tools.conf ...
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Can program crashes during development affect my system's security?

I have been using Ubuntu for some time, and I loved it! I'm feeling way more safe now. But, I'm a Computer Science Student, and I have to code a lot. And I have been creating various codes, and it ...
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IPsec XFRM bridge

I am new to IPsec, am trying to learn about XFRM bridge acutely. But am not getting enough information around the internet. Can someone help me by providing informational data and links regarding XFRM ...