Perform a "Security Risk Assessment" on your system with the following tools.
- Chkrootkit (YoLinux tutorial) - Scan system for Trojans, worms and exploits.
- Root kit detection:
- checkps - detect rootkits by detecting falsified output and similar anomalies. The ps check should work on anything with /proc. Also uses netstat.
- Rootkit hunter - scans for rootkits, back doors and local exploits
- Rkdet - root kit detector daemon. Intended to catch someone installing a rootkit or running a packet sniffer.
- fsaudit - Perl script to scan filesystems and search for suspicious looking directories
- COPS: Computer Oracle and Password System - UNIX security checks. Programs and shell scripts which perform security checks. Checks include file and directory permissions, passwords, system scripts, SUID files, ftp configuration check, ...
- SARA - Security Auditor's Research Assistant - network security vulnerability scanner for SQL injections, remote scans, etc. (follow-on to the SATAN analysis tool)
- Tiger Analytical Research Assistant (TARA Pro) - Commercial support
Network Vulnerability Audits:
- Nessus (YoLinux tutorial) - Remote security scanner - This is my favorite security audit tool!! Checks service exploits and vulnerabilities.
- OpenVAS: Open Vulnerability Assessment System. A branch of Nessus which is more free of licensing restrictions
- Argus - IP network
transaction auditing tool. This daemon promiscuously reads network
datagrams from a specified interface, and generates network traffic
- InterSect Alliance - Intrusion analysis. Identifies malicious or unauthorized access attempts.
- Linuxforce: AdminForce CGI Auto Audit - CGI script analyzer to find security deficiencies.
Application Security Audit:
- Gauntlt - app security tests. Can be integrated with Continuous Integration (CI) builds
- PortSwigger.net: Burp - Coverage of over 100 generic application vulnerabilities, such as SQL injection and cross-site scripting (XSS), and all vulnerabilities in the OWASP top 10
- Mozilla.org: Firefox browser security Plugins:
- Mozilla: SQL Inject Me - test for SQL Injection vulnerabilities.
- Mozilla: HackBar - web-app security tests for sql injections, XSS holes, Broken Authentication and Session Management and site security
- Tamper Data - Trace and time http response/requests. Security test web applications by modifying POST parameters.
- Calomel - SSL Validation
- OWASP - Open Web Application Security Project
- Watabo - security tool for semi-automated testing of web applications
Used to identify computer network services available for exploit.
- nmap - Port scanner and security scanning and investigation tool
- UnicornScan - fast portscanner
Also see onetwopunch.sh to automate UnicornScans.
- portscan - C++ Port Scanner will try to connect on every port you define for a particular host.
- pof - passive OS fingerprinting.
- Web/http scan:
- Nikto - web server scanner. CGI, vulnerability checks. Not a stealthy tool. For security tests.
- Art of port scanning - types of scans explained.
Linux Tools for Network Examination.
- DSniff - network tools for auditing and penetration testing.
- Wireshark - full network protocol sniffer/analyzer
- IPTraf - curses based IP LAN monitor
- TcpDump - network monitor and data acquisition
- VOMIT - Voice Over Mis-configured Internet Telephones - Use TCP dump of VOIP stream and convert to WAV file.
Cisco Call Manager depends on MS/SQL server and are thus vulnerable to SQL Slammer attacks.
- VOMIT - Voice Over Mis-configured Internet Telephones - Use TCP dump of VOIP stream and convert to WAV file.
- KISMET - 802.11a/b/g wireless network detector, sniffer and intrusion detection system.
- DISCO - Passive IP discovery and fingerprinting tool. Sits on a segment of a network to discover unique IPs and identify them.
- Yersina - Framework for analyzing and testing the deployed networks and systems. Designed to take advantage of some weakness in different Layer 2 protocols: Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP), Dynamic Trunking Protocol (DTP), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP), IEEE 802.1q, Inter-Switch Link Protocol (ISL), VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP).
- YoLinux.com List of network monitoring tools and example tcpdump sessions
Password crackers:(can also be part of a vulnerability audit)
- John the Ripper - weak password detection. crypt, Kerberos AFS, MS/Windows LM, ...
- lCRACK - password hacker, dictionary, brute force incremental, ...
- MetaSploit - Exploit launcher, test and development tool
- InfoSysSec.org: Hacking howto
- hping - command line TCP/IP packet assembler/analyzer. Supports TCP, UDP, ICMP and RAW-IP protocols, has a traceroute mode, the ability to send files between a covered channel, ...
- hping2 - Can be used to performs a lot of tasks, like testing of firewall rules, (spoofed) port scanning, ...
- Sentry Tools: Port Sentry, Log Check, Host Sentry - attack detection and defense
- PortSentry: basic theory - Part 1 - Part 2
- YoLinux.com Tutorial: Portsentry installation and use
- YoLinux.com Tutorial: Tripwire installation and use
- tripwire - File system data integrity checking tool
- SNORT - intrusion detection and prevention. Rules to inspect and detect anomaly signatures.
- Bastille-linux - Hardening perl scripts to lock down a system and increase its security. Can perform an assessment of a system's configuration (bastille --assess). It queries the administrator as to the expected level of security expected for various system components and then configures the system (./InteractiveBastille).
- Kali Linux - Bootable live CD Linux distro preconfigured for penetration testing.
- CipherDyne.com: PSAD - analyzes iptables log messages to detect port scans and other suspicious traffic.
- IPPL - IP packet logger. Log anomalies
- Kerberos - secure authentication
- deslogin - remote login. SSH is more popular.
- YoLinux.com Tutorial: SSH server configuration and use
- Secure connections SSH (shell) and SSL (socket layer):
- TCP wrappers - Wietse Venema
- YoLinux.com iptables tutorial
- rsaeuro - cryptographic toolkit
- Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) - encryption
- RSA Security - Encryption and secure commerce.
- CRYPTOCard authentication servers
- CryptoHeaven - Secure online storage, file sharing and distribution, email, instant messaging. Free Linux client but it is a commercial for fee service. (less than 2MB storage is free)
- Tiger Analytical Research Assistant (TARA Pro) - Texas A+M Tiger Commercial support
- TIS: Trusted Informations Systems Inc. - [download] - TIS Internet firewall toolkit
- Tripwire Security Systems - Intrusion detection
- Labatam: Secure X-Server Encryption
- Clackcode.com: security scan
- HackerTarget.com: online vulnerability tests
- AutomatedScanning.com - commercial service
- ThreatResponse - suite of tools for AWS Hardening and Responding
- Netflix Security Monkey - suite of Netflix developed security tools
- Amazon AWS tools - AWS security services
- Red Hat Security fixes and Errata
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux security updates
- Fedora security advisories and package updates
- Ubuntu security notices
- Debian security information
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Security
- Basic Steps in Forensic Analysis of Unix Systems - a case study
- GIIS ext3/ext2FS file undelete tool.User can recover files by it's name or type or by its owner. Can't recover the files deleted before installation of giis.
- Why Recovering a Deleted Ext3 File Is Difficult
- Commercial Linux data recovery tools - list
This has typically been the domain of the Microsoft Windows and Outlook products and NOT Linux but Linux administrators running SAMBA file servers often must be aware of these viruses. There are according to Symantec 68 Linux specific viruses and worms including the Ramen worm which attempts to attack unpatched rpc.statd, wuftpd, and LPRng.
- Kaspersky Lab - Workstation/Server/eMail gateway protection
- Endpoint Security and Control: Anti-Virus and anti-spyware for Unix/Linux
- SOPHOS Anti-virus - Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux
- eMail security
- Mail-Gear: (up to and including version 1.2.x)
- Antivirus client for Linux
- Interscan VirusWall for Linux - Internet Gateway - detect/scan SMTP, HTTP and FTP
- ClamAv.net - Clam anti-virus. Open source virus protection for mail servers.
- CERT.org - Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute - security vulnerability research.
- ICSA.net - Anti-virus / Anti-spyware / Anti-spam Product Developers Consortium
- Symantec security response - commercial security support
- Threat Explorer - real and hoaxes
Virus email alert:
- SYN packet manipulation:
- Smurf DOS:
- IRC (Internet Relay Chat) Client attacks:
- Service attacks:
- Session Hijacking:
- ARP Cache poisoning:
How to bait and catch the evil hackers:
NISPOM (National Industry Security Program Operating Manual) chapter 8 is a computer security requirement developed by the US DoD (Department of Defense - US) and DoE (Department of Energy) and published by the DSS (Defense Security Service) which US defense contractors are required to meet when processing classified data on computers in a classified environment. Linux as issued by major distros defaults do not meet this requirement. Use the following software packages/configurations:
- Use central authentication server (LDAP or NIS) with the proper security policies. See YoLinux LDAP authentication tutorial.
- Meet reporting requirements: This auditing and reporting requirement
can be met using Snare. This requires a kernel patch (or use of one
of the kernels [RHEL3 or RHEL4] downloaded from the Snare home page.) and the running of a
Snare audit daemon. It meets C-2 reporting requirements and records
logins/logoffs, file and directory access, access denial, ...
Newer Linux distributions running auditd (RHEL4, FC3+) can get compliant results.
Intersect Alliance: Snare project.
- Grant admin privileges without giving root password. Granular delegation of root privileges. File and directory access control. Symark.com: PowerBroker
- Virus scanner. (See above list)
- Configuration for Linux NISPOM Chapter 8 compliance - YoLinux Tutorial
- Sans.org: NISPOM Chapter 8 checklist [pdf]
- ISACA.org - The Information Systems Audit and Control Association & Foundation
- CISA - Certified Information Systems Auditor
- COBIT - Control Objectives for Information and related Technology
- YoLinux.com security info web site list (see right hand column)
- ZedZ.net - Cryptography Archives for data and network security
- FTP directory of tools
- Purdue FTP site of tools - Index
- DFN-CERT FTP tools site - Tool descriptions/index
- Wietse's tools and papers - Coroner's toolkit, SATAN, TCP wrappers, ...
- Internet Security Systems (ISS): Database security scanner - BlackIce - commercial service
"Hacking Linux Exposed"
by Brian Hatch, James B. Lee, George Kurtz
ISBN #0072225645, McGraw-Hill (2nd edition)
From the same authors of "Hacking Exposed".
"Maximum Linux Security: A Hacker's Guide to Protecting Your Linux Server and Workstation"
by Anonymous and John Ray
ISBN #0672321343, Sams
Covers not only audit and protection methods but also investigates and explains the attacks and how they work.
"Network Intrusion Detection: An Analyst's Handbook"
by Stephen Northcutt, Donald McLachlan, Judy Novak
ISBN #0735710082, New Riders Publishing
"SSH, the Secure Shell : The Definitive Guide"
by Daniel J. Barrett, Richard Silverman
ISBN #0596000111, O'Reilly & Associates
"Computer Security Incident Handling Step by Step"
by Stephen Northcutt
"Snort 2.1 Intrusion Detection, Second Edition"
by Jay Beale, Caswell
ISBN #1931836043, Syngress
"Ethereal Packet Sniffing"
by Angela D. Orebaugh, Gilbert Ramirez, Ethereal.com
ISBN #1932266828, Syngress
"Nessus Network Auditing (Jay Beale's Open Source Security)"
by Renaud Deraison, Noam Rathaus, HD Moore, Raven Alder, George Theall, Andy Johnston, Jimmy Alderson
ISBN #1931836086, Syngress
"Security Assessment: Case Studies for Implementing the NSA IAM"
by Russ Rogers, Greg Miles, Ed Fuller, Ted Dykstra
ISBN #1932266968, Syngress
"Network Security Assessment"
by Chris McNab
ISBN #059600611X, O'Reilly
"A Practical Guide to Security Assessment"
by Sudhanshu Kairab
ISBN #0849317061, Auerbach Publications
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