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Is there a guide for using GRSecurity and Precisew/ PAX?

I'd like to know if there is a guide of some kind for (successfully) configuring, compiling and installing GRSecurity w/PAX etc. in Precise? I basically am trying to build my own custom release ...
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How to auto restart services when you get security updates?

That's related to the heartbleed bug. While my server (12.04 LTS) was configured to perform unattended install of all security updates, it seems that nginx was not restarted so it was still affected ...
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How can I add an SSL client certificate/key globally in Ubuntu?

I have a web server which requires a client certificate to establish an SSL connection (SSLVerifyClient require in apache). In firefox or chrome, I simply import the .p12-file containing my ...
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Tiger: `rtm` is listening on socket XXXX

On my Ubuntu serve 12.04 LTS, Tiger is reporting a lot of stuffs like this: OLD: --WARN-- [lin002i] The process `rtm' is listening on socket 60404 (UDP) on every interface. NEW: --WARN-- [lin002i] ...
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How can I use a Verbatim Secure'n'Go USB key?

I have purchased a 4Gb USB key from Verbatim. How can I use it under Ubuntu? I do not need the "secure data" feature, and have still not saved anything on it, so formatting at low level would be OK. ...
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Upgrade Apache 2.22 to a version that supports ECDHE

I'm trying to setup my Ubuntu 12.04 server installation to support perfect forward security. It seems that the default Apache 2.2.22 build does not support ECDHE. Any suggestions on a good way to ...
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Is universe checked by the Ubuntu Security team?

I have a generall question regarding the Ubuntu universe repository. Does anybody know if they are checked by Ubuntu Security Team? Will they move or delete packages if any problem is encountered ...
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Setting Up Users and Permissions for a Multi-purpose Home Server

I have decided to repurpose an old grey box computer to be a combination NAS/home media server, headless torrent server, and minecraft server. I am using this both as a practical piece of equipment ...
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Integrity check against package repository?

When there are security updates, I review and install them as soon as possible and think about using automatic updates. From time to time I want to boot from a clean boot CD and check if the system ...
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How can I configure sudo to prompt for password and show the executed command?

The title says it all. How can I configure sudo to prompt for password and show the executed command? Rationale: if something gets aliased in the shell or I end up executing a function sudo instead ...
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Prevent that TrueCrypt gets Administrator rights

If I try to open a TrueCrypt drive, TrueCrypt asks me for my administrator-password (also when I am a normal user). I know, that i can prevent this password-asking by editing the sudoers file = giving ...
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Unable to fork: Cannot allocate memory

frequently getting 'fork: Cannot allocate memory' when running commands over ssh. I have 64Gb of RAM and usually 1~2Gb free. swap is more than 8gb free Ubuntu version:"Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS" Desktop ...
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How can I check the checksum of an installed deb package against the same package in the repository?

Suppose someone got root access to my machine and replaced some files, e.g. Warning: The command '/bin/which' has been replaced by a script: /bin/which: POSIX shell script text executable Warning: ...
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How to inject or know if my wireless card is injectable

what ways or methods exist to know if a wireless card is injectable or can be injected (Packet injection). Answers should not include recommending me to use another OS that is not the official Ubuntu ...
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Why do I see a screen showing all text I typed during the session on logging out?

When I log off of Ubuntu 12.10, a screen appears shortly with all the text I typed during the session, including passwords and such. Is this supposed to happen? [update] The screen is fullscreen ...
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Why does network manager automatically choose WEP over WPA & WPA2?

I am on Ubuntu 12.10 and for some reason my wireless connection is using WEP when it is set to use WPA/WPA2 Personal. Also I should mention that I used to be on 12.04 and was experiencing the ...
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Cannot login to user with encrypted directory

I unknowingly deleted the .ecrypts directory while reinstalling Ubuntu 12.04. I created a default user by the same name while installing the new version. However, I couldn't login to the user after ...
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SSH connection failing since I changed server port number

Yesterday I changed the default ports on the server from 22 to 1993 then restarted but now I can't connect at all. I used ssh -i keyname.pem ubuntu@remotehost to connect then sudo vi ...
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How are security updates classified into low/med/high?

When an update becomes available for a particular piece of software, if I run aptitude changelog <name> I will see urgency as either low, medium or high. How is it decided which ...
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Fingerprint reader malfunction HP dv7

I have an HP Pavilion dv7 with a Validity VFS301 Fingerprint reader. I have tried multiple fingerprint reading software, including Fprint, but all of them give the same problem: It registers that ...
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install ubuntu on a hardware AES encrypted flash drive

I couldn't find the answer to my question after hours of search. I hope someone can help me out. I would like to install ubuntu on a flash drive. I followed to standard instructions for installing ...
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How to prevent accidental unlocking?

I have a machine at work running tmux and xmonad that I lock with slock. I frequently need to ssh into it from a remote location, and, based on testing this in person, accidentally killing the slock ...
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Apport error reporting privacy issues

As apport is enabled by default since 12.04 I thought it would be important to get some much needed clarifications on certain privacy questions that have been bugging me. How paranoid is apport ...
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does ubuntu 14.04 use ascii-armor and how to turn it on/off?

does ubuntu 14.04 use ascii-armor and how to turn it on/off? the purpose is to test some exploit and knowing that would help, I'm still in the learning process. I'm already aware of the stack ...
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What auditing information is available for Universe repository software packages?

I understand that the "Masters of the Universe" (MOTUs) are responsible for packaging and reviewing/checking software that goes into the Universe repository, but there seems to be no formal process ...
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Hide “Places” or “Username” in File Chooser Dialog

Background Making a video-capture of a website demo; part of the demo requires uploading files. Problem The username is displayed in the video, which is a security concern. Question How do you ...
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How to setup Squid Proxy Server on ubuntu 12.04 LTS?

I had tried using the ubuntu wiki guidelines to set it up on test server, and it worked. Though I would appreciate if anyone can provide me with few other links as this time I am going to install it ...
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How to disable Pointer Obfuscation on 12.04

I am working on a security project for school and need to overflow a buffer, I therefore need to overwrite the eip, but for some reason I can't. The A's that I overwrite the buffer with are spread all ...
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Does the “security” repository provides anything not found in the “updates” repository?

For the limited number of package I looked at (e.g. apache), I found that the package version in the updates repository is always newer than or equal to the version available in the security ...
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SSL certificates issue with Ubuntu 12.04 as guest OS in a Windows7 virtual box behind strict firewall

I have set up an ubuntu guest for Rails development in a Windows7-hosted virtual box. The windows workstation is a behind an extremely strict firewall with often fluctuating rules. The ubuntu host ...
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Apache shows blank white page after 2 to 10 hours

I am using ubuntu 12.04, it has to network cards, A = internal 10.0.0.0 and B public Ip , I have only apache2 installed, after 2 to 10 hours the website shows as a blank white page on the public ...
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How to unlock multiple encrypted partitions on boot?

I have two encrypted partitions sharing the same passphrase. I would rather not enter the password twice plus the login password. How can I unlock both partitions at once? Maybe even only enter one ...
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Can a weak Ubuntu user password be a risk for ONLINE security?

Can anyone gain an unauthorized remote access to my Ubuntu machine? Does having a strong user password really helps prevent this? Or firewall just doesn't let anyone in by default, regardless of the ...
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Good security setup in a LAMP environment

I have created a script to automate setting up my LAMP environment as well as installing some other software I find very helpful in coding. The script can be found here I only have one user "root" ...
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fail2ban block retry count always changes

As title mentions clearly, fail2ban block retry count always changes. I set all retry counts to 3; but sometimes it blocks me after 6 or 7 retries. How can set its behavior a constant value? I added ...
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Securing Amazon EC2 Ubuntu server

I'm about to launch a product I'm working on into alpha phase but before that I'd like to ask a bit about securing my Ubuntu server 64bit which is hosted at Amazon AWS EC2. The problem is my software ...
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Running a VPN server off Ubuntu Desktop?

I am unfamiliar with Ubuntu and Linux in general. I bought 3 old Dell PowerEdge 2650 servers off eBay for £20. I didn't really know what I was going to do with them, but for the price, they seemed ...
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How do I edit the commands that start a service in Ubuntu 12?

So I am trying out GBrowse, as we will use this later on. But then, I'm getting this ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 256000 features ...
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SSL connection fails to authenticate certificates for some pages?

This time, i am going to solve some irritating things with my networking on school, using ubuntu 12.10. I am perfectly able to connect to the proxy authenticated network the school uses. But my ...
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Potential security problem of passwords and key

Is this a potential security problem for ubuntu? I can access the "passwords and key" function without key in password.
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Secure APT GPG problem with Release files

I'm experiencing a problem with apt. We're using our own repository and the users apt is configured to check the peer and host of the repository. Furthermore the Release file is verified (with the ...
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Nessus SNMP security warning

I ran a Nessus scan on my Ubuntu 14.04 machine. I received the following: High: SNMP Agent Default Community Name (public) Description: It is possible to obtain the default community name of the ...
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Locking all setting

Is there a way to lock all the system setting on ubuntu so people cant change them without permission? example removing printers. I am taking care of a schools computer room and teachers/students are ...
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How can I lock Seahorse GnuPG Keys?

since not long ago I've started to use seahorse to manage my encryption keys, and at the moment I'm finding myself a bit baffled about what it appears quite a security hole of the system... In fact, ...
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Prevent Network Injection

I read this article: http://gizmodo.com/pro-hackers-could-be-spying-on-you-through-youtube-1622367382 I'm running Ubuntu 14.04. How can I prevent network injection of my internet browsing traffic? ...
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There doesn't seem to be a decent guide for Stealth could someone either write one or point me to one?

Stealth Integrity Scanner I'm very interested in being able to setup an IDS and this one seemed like it was really cool and worth while and fairly underrated. I've not really found much on what a ...
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How do you set up a systemwide read only user for a security scanner

I'm hoping to play with STEALTH https://apps.ubuntu.com/cat/applications/precise/stealth/ It suggests the creation of a read only access user that the integrity scanner can use to access its target ...
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Is this a bug or normal (mis) behavior?

When I sudo-rebooted from the top-right menu, after Unity closed I was taken to an open tty, where I saw my login password in plaintext where I had typed it in earlier. In Ubuntu-bug, a specific ...
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Help recovering from a hack and a malware warning

On Thursday (2014/7/24) morning I discovered that one of my Ubuntu systems was hacked. I believe it may have been the malware NetWire. I was able to see some traffic from the internet directed at ...
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Are Ubuntu upgrades signed or encrypted?

When you download updates from the standard Software Updater (which I'm assuming is just a graphical front-end for apt), are these updates signed or encrypted between the server and the user, or are ...