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How To Set Up SSH With Public-Key Authentication On Debian Etch
This mini-howto explains how to set up an SSH server on Debian Etch with public-key authorization (and optionally with disabled password logins). SSH is a great tool to control Linux-based computers remotely. It's safe and secure.
How to Secure VSFTP with SSL and Two-factor Authentication
Recently, there was a report from Finjan that administrator credentials for over 9,000 FTP servers were for sale. Then, F-Secure noted an increase in FTP-based attacks. Many companies and organization still use FTP extensively. If you're running an FTP server and you think you're admin credentials might be one of those 9,000, you should consider implementing two-factor authentication for SSH, which will then also give you two-factor authentication for SCP. This document shows how to configure the popular and secure VSFTP to use SSL for encryption and WiKID for two-factor authentication for your FTP users.
Virus Protection With avast! Linux Home Edition On Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon
This tutorial shows how you can install and use avast! Linux Home Edition on an Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon desktop. Although there aren't many Linux viruses out there, this can be useful if you often exchange files with Windows users - it can help you to not pass on any Windows viruses (that don't do any harm to Linux systems) to Windows users. avast! Linux Home Edition is free for private and non-commercial use.
Chrooting Apache2 With mod_chroot On Debian Etch
This guide explains how to set up mod_chroot with Apache2 on a Debian Etch system. With mod_chroot, you can run Apache2 in a secure chroot environment and make your server less vulnerable to break-in attempts that try to exploit vulnerabilities in Apache2 or your installed web applications.
Security Issues and Poptop
PPTP does not have the best history in terms of security. The original Microsoft implementation for PPTP faired very poorly. MS-CHAPV2 solved these weaknesses - for wired networks. Unfortunately, back in 2004, Joshua Wright released a version of ASLEAP capable of brute-force attacking PPTP passwords in a wireless environment. As a systems administrator for the VPN, you can't tell if a user is connecting via some public WiFi service where someone might be running a tool like ASLEAP. Yet, the presense of PPTP client software on Windows machines makes using PPTP very tempting. The best answer to this problem is to utilize two-factor authentication. If a one-time passcode is brute-forced, it won't matter as it can't be used again.
How To Check If Your Server Is Infected With The Linux/Rst-B Backdoor (Debian Etch)
Linux Rst-B is a backdoor that can be used to add your server to botnets (see http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/103563 (in German)). This short guide explains how you can install and use the Sophos Linux/RST-B detection tool to check your Debian Etch server and find out if it is infected with Linux Rst-B.
Meet the Anti-Nmap: PSAD (EnGarde Secure Linux)
Having a great defense involves proper detection and recognition of an attack. In our security world we have great IDS tools to properly recognize when we are being attacked as well as firewalls to prevent such attacks from happening. However, certain attacks are not blindly thrown at you - a good attacker knows that a certain amount of reconnaissance and knowledge about your defenses greatly increases the chances of a successful attack. How would you know if someone is scanning your defenses? Is there any way to properly respond to such scans? You bet there is...
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