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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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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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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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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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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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How to disable mpm-itk for a specific virtualhost?

I've a main site on a server that needs to run a sudo command which I white listed via visudo. That worked fine until I installed apache-mpm-itk and then I started getting the following error: sudo: ...
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What kind of access flash has to our systems?

It seems like there is major security issue found in flash every other week or so. There was another one just yesterday. This and being closed source, I can't help but wonder, what kind of access it ...
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Allow one process access to /dev/uninput without completely compromising security

Steam In-Home-Streaming was turned back on the other day. This allows you to play games being rendered on one computer on another computer (commonly playing games on a TV/Media Centre that are being ...
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Blocking HTTP requests without Host header using mod_security2

In my Apache configuration, I want to allow only Host header based vhosts. That is, I'd like to block any traffic by IP address only. I have mod_security2 installed, but I am only using the default ...
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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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I am unable to generate a gpg key through the keyring program

Whenever I try to generate a gpg key through the system's GPG program, it asks for my name, email, and password then everything except for the GPG program's main window disappears. Upon using gpg ...
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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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Unknown failed password logs

I decided to install steam on ubuntu 12.04 from the official repo. However after the installation(which required me to enter my password a second time in a terminal to install required updates) I ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...