MIS Security Check-list

Introduction
Consider your entire organization
When considering security, the best way to avoid obvious breaches of security is to capture the big picture of your installation. Practically, this means that you should work from the outside in, ie. consider security of the building and area, then the actual offices, followed by the network infrastructure, and end with hosts themselves. It's a bit pointless to spend a lot of time securing hosts if anyone can walk into the server room and walk out with a host under each arm. Those things do happen. This is all the more important since most of computer crime is perpetrated by insiders, for obvious ease of action and lack of interest to hackers about the average corporate data. Because it is more exciting to most system administrators, computer books usually concentrate on securing hosts, but sound computer security doesn't deal with just individual computers. You must consider your entire organization.

Prepare for disaster
Generally speaking, check for any single point of failures in your environment, and provide backup solutions. Perform dry runs regularly to make sure everyone knows what to do in case of a breakdown. Post-incident plans must be updated whenever any change is made to your site, and as much as possible, everyone, especially MIS personnel, must be capable of performing the procedures. Plans should also include procedures to solve day-to-day MIS activities, like installing a new host, welcoming a new employee, etc. Also, whenever possible, use fail-safe tools, ie. should the device fail, they should refuse access instead of letting people in. A firewall is not the magic bullet to securing a site. Generally speaking, try to place as many barriers as possible between valued asset and a potential adversary, without this security being too invasive to employees. Remember that an effective security policy requires that every single employee abide by it, and not just the rank-and-files. The more prepared you are to handle break-ins and disasters, the better for the image of the company and the MIS team. In addition, your company may be held responsible legally if your network was used by hackers to launch attacks on other sites. You might want to hire an outside company to test your security at random times.

Usage policy
A usage policy is an important user-oriented document, not just to cover your ass in case someone in your organization steals information that is off-limit for them, but also because it forces you to think about how your organization works from an MIS point of view.

Security policy
A security policy is more MIS-oriented than the user policy, and its goal is to offer a big picture view of security of your organization.

Buildings
Keep in touch with local police authorities about robberies in your area, as thieves are likely to keep using a tactic if it proved successful in a location (eg. burglars pretending to be couriers and stealing unattended portable PCs.) Update this list accordingly, and warn users about those new risks. Also, check with authorities what the regulations are about setting up an alarm system at your site, and whether it can be set up to call up the police automatically when the alarm goes off.

Doors and windows

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All entrances must be equipped with secure locking devices that cannot be circumvented (key locks, dead bolts, cipher locks, etc.), and hinge pings that are spotwelded or otherwise protected Doors must be constructed of sturdy material (steel, solid core wood), must not exceed the number for safe and efficient operation, and must always be secured when not in active use All ventilators or other possible means of entrance must be covered with steel bars or wire mesh grill All windows must be securely fastened from the inside. Windows accessible from the ground or located on roofs must come with window/glass tamper or breakage protection features, and be protected by steel bars or grill Check that blinds and shades are available to hide valued items from the outside

Locks and keys
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Set up security patrols at random hours during the day, and end-of-workday security checks Check with local police authorities if day- and night-time patrols are scheduled in the neighborhood Access control cards must be clearly different for company personnel and visitors Provide escort for visitors If multiple corporate sites, inter-connect security systems to increase monitoring of sites located in different time zones, and to make travel easier by providing only one electronic badge to each employee Only MIS personnel should have access to the server room Grant users access with the least amount of privilege required to accomplish their job, using user profiles to manage accounts more securily Check the log files created by the application running the electronic locks Set up a procedure to monitor use of all locks and keys. Update when necessary Keep tracks of keys issued, with their number and identification, for both master keys and duplicate keys Keep records of use and turn-in of keys, and check locks quarterly Change locks immediately upon loss or theft of keys If used, master keys must be devoid of marking identifying them as such Only issue keys to authorized employees. Other must use an electronic badge. Keys not in use must be secured in a locked, fireproof safe that is secured to prevent removal

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When making duplicates of master keys, mark them "Do Not Duplicate" and obliterate manufacturer's serial numbers Any visitor, either a corporate employee from another site or an outside guest, must warn MIS of his/her visit as early as possible, so as to provide adequate security (ie. some guest might need to be allowed in areas that are off-limit to standard guests.) Employees from other sites and guests must provide the following information: Name, Location, Visit Start and End Dates, Arrival Time, Access Needs Greater than Week Day (7 AM - 7 PM), Buildings to be Visited (if known), Employee e-mail address, Name of manager, Point of Contact at local site MIS must be informed of loss of access control card ASAP so as to disable access and provide a new, safe badge Guests must return their visitor access control card upon leaving the premises MIS must conduct periodical security inspections, and report any problem so as to implement corrective action

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Set up either television recording, burglar alarm, or intrusion alarm systems linked to off-site security team. Test them regularly Make sure the television system can record a minimum of four days Check that the alarm systems are backed up automatically, and have an alternate or independent source of power available to cut in and operate automatically

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Provide adequate protective lighting for all areas Mark emergency routes clearly Write procedures for emergency evacuations (fire, bomb threats, etc.), and exercise plans regularly Train users in fire fighting Provide response to medical emergency (phone numbers to local medical facilities; first aid supplies) Provide electronic-friendly sprinklers in or over the data center/server rooms No possible leaks over computers, especially server room (water pipes, sprinklers, AC units) Alarm systems must be tamper- , and weather resistant Provide security personnel trained in physical security Set up procedure to respond to alarms, including night-time and week-ends The monitoring system must provide sufficient information to investigate any breakin, and remedy Check that fake floors and ceilings cannot be used for break-ins Check that fire extinguishers and other fire fighting equipment are in sufficient number, that they match the type of fire they would be used to put off, and that they're properly secured on walls (no extinguisher lying around)

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Install air conditioning to keep hosts (and users :-) cool, at least in the server room Have someone come in at least once a year to maintain AC units

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Set up thermometers linked to monitoring software to check the temperature in the server room, and have it page/call or send e-mail if temperature rises In a large site, use a naming convention for rooms (eg. country names, etc.) and a cabling management software to make sure everyone understands which room and which plugs you mean Use asset management software to assure strict accountability of all company assets In highly-sensitive locations, make sure guests are either restricted to safe areas, escorted at all times, and that their bags are checked when they depart (Welcome to Intel :-) Consider printing sensitive information on easily identifiable paper (eg. yellow, orange, or red paper, depending on its importance), and forbid employees to go offsite with top sensitive documents Guests must sign a log when they visit, and register their laptop computers and camera (manufacturer and serial #.) Make sure there's always personnel available to watch entrances, and that they can call security and send an immediate message to everyone in the building should someone try to walk into the office unauthorized (especially important during lunchhour and late at night) Make sure video cameras connected to VCRs are pointing at all exits to help police authorities investigate break-ins

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Monitor your WAN links through MRTG, and your LAN through netstat -i (watch for the collision/outpackets, outerrs/outpackets, and inerrs/inpackets ratio) Use proxy servers to control use of bandwidth and to hide information about your private network Set up an alternate, anonymous connection to the Net to let users find information for yet-unannounced products, as the competition could use this information to tell what your company is working on Run monitoring software like Linux-based Netwatch to keep a eye on the use of network bandwitdth, especially on what servers on the Internet users are connecting. Install an intrusion detection server on all servers, both in the DMZ and in the internal network, and do not ignore traffic coming from your internal network. Consider putting a sensor both on your public routers and firewalls so as to be warned of any suspicious traffic (Unix) Do not run NIS if you can avoid it, or consider NIS+. Consider centralized authentication systems like Kerberos, or Samba Have agents run on all servers, so as to keep an eye on log files, disk space, etc. They could consist in Perl or Python scripts, as those have been ported to different environments and offer a rich amount of modules that avoid your reinventing the wheel If you discover that some hosts have been hacked, and you'd like to get in contact with people on remote sites (eg. a host from which the hacker seems to have connected, or MIS personnel at other corporate sites, etc.) to try to catch him redhanded, either use the phone, set up a brand new mail server, or use encrypted e-mails through PGP/GnuPG, as the hacker may have set up tools to snoop on your network, and be warned of your plans.

as you'll need them after a fire or flood. This can be done at different network levels (magic words are SSL/SSLey. update it every time you change the configuration of a host. WinPopup or ICQ) to reduce work disruption while allowing for broadcasts when needed (ie. unused network plug. PGP/GnuPG. make sure those sites also keep an eye on security. on other corporate sites connected through WAN. or foreign sites on the Internet. SSH. In case your site is ruined by a fire. as breaches of security there could easily end up jeopardizing your own site Remember that any unsecure host on your network can be used to launch an attack on other resources. Make sure you can decrypt tapes on a bare-metal system after your site has been damaged Perform frequent restores of a few files to check that the backups actually work Remember to clean drive heads regularly. Either take them home every night. unprotected by firewalls. proxy servers.) Run a live messaging application on all hosts (eg. L2TP/PPTP/PoPToP. especially the one flowing on public LANs. and stop using tapes that show too many access errors As backup jobs use a lot of bandwidth.) and safes that are not meant to protect magnetic media If resorting to a courier solution. Some PBXs lets you use the loudspeaker of digital phones as a PA system. either provide a fully-equiped temporary location. Abacus/Port Sentry) Backup/restore        Keep a current backup of all data files that your company cannot afford losing after a computer goes south Keep an ad hoc step-by-step restore procedure current. etc. should be scheduled at night to make the most of the corporate link to the Net. APOP. Used a dynamic firewall (eg. VPN. S-HTTP/HTTPS. etc. Unplug any unused . or physical break-in. or the mail server just crashed). Watch out for magnets (heated car seats. Set up some hosts loaded with anti-virus software and that can be easily removed from the network to test software downloaded from the Net. or check how long it would take to be provided with new or temporary equipment by a commercial supplier or other corporate sites If your site is connected to remote sites through alternative links besides the Internet. If not. As the Melissa and ILOVEYOU viruses have shown. monitors. Could be used to set up a host to sniff passwords. or have a courier pick them up at night.         Remind users that downloading binaries is either forbidden by corporate policy. IPSec/CIPE. consider setting up a SAN instead LAN  Check if you really need walk-up network connections. security is only as strong as its weakest link. no rogue. whether they are located on your LAN. and perform regular restores on bare-metal systems at a remote site to prepare to see your location ruined by a fire or flood Do not keep the latest backup tapes in the location. if possible. a flood. STelnet. a suspicious individual is in the building. or. Encourage users to p Encrypt all network traffic. S/MIME. consider encrypting data. Test it regularly. Add an IDB (ISDN Dial Backup) unit to your routers that goes up should your permanent connection go down. leave them in a magnetic media-friendly safe at a nearby bank. washing machines.

x.ca.dial-access. and circuit-level firewalls (eg. time-limited tickets (Kerberos). especially for UDP-based applications (Three basic types of firewalls: network-level (screening routers). smart cards. stateful firewall instead.los-angeles-63-64rs. and are less likely to run other software besides the firewall part. and only open those you really need and understand. 172-16/31. Assign a MAC address to each port (ie. take a look at Samba. Generally speaking. crashing when receiving severely mangled packets) Check out reverse path filtering to prevent IP spoofing Set up hubs to forbid hub-mode on ports (ie. A context-based firewall is much more secure. etc. aim at using SSO (Single Sign-On) architecture to reduce the number of login/passwords used. 192. network connection on the patch panel. Ban any packet coming from the Internet whose source address pertains to the private ranges (10. consider limiting it to a restricted local LAN connected to the rest of the network through a firewall + bastion host to limit access only to limited services.Switches                Run Antisniff to try to see if a host is sniffing the network Run tools like Nessus to check what your firewall and routers can withstand (eg. or even biometric devices . one-time passwords (PAP/CHAP. If you do need such access. if only one host is connected to a given port) Assign descriptive host names in the DNS to make logs more meaningful (eg. and have a monitoring program warn you immediately when a connection goes up Check out authentication systems like challenge/response. and PAM. ie. and set up DHCP server to not give out IP addresses to unauthorized hosts.net) All incoming connections from on-the-road employees through the Internet must use SSH and related tools to ensure encryption Check ACLs on routers and firewalls. If possible.x.). hence less security risk. Start by closing all services.Firewalls . Especially remember to disable telnet access from the Net. smart card or finger-print based systems Routers . keep an up-to-date list of unused network plugs. application-level (proxy servers). digital certificates. Cisco PIX) ) As IPChains is not stateful. Consider buying a stand-alone. your network can be endangered by UDP or ICMP packets. Consider using a Radius or Tacac authentication server to centralize the task of authentication users. S/Key.168. NIS. so present less risk of breaking down.x) Set up routers and firewalls to log infos to the same central host running syslogd that other hosts are using Do not just rely on ACLs on routers.to hub-mode). 174. Besides Radius and Tacac. They have fewer moving parts (cooling fans are just about the only mechanical part). Kerberos. LDAP. filtering routers. hardware tokens. letting a host listen to all traffic by setting up the port it's connected to from switch. Use SNMP-capable switches to monitor network use Use bandwidth control tools like Packeteer to prevent denial of service by programs gone haywire Prefer stand-alone firewalls like Cisco PIX over PCs.att. NDS.

especially regarding outgoing calls (hackers using corporate phone system as relay) Set up security codes on all voice mailboxes.   Evaluate different methods to hide your private network: masquerading. and call-back if available Log Caller ID information if available Maintain an up-to-date register of all your modem lines and conduct regular site checks for unauthorized modems (eg. Once the firewall is set up on your network. transparent proxying and Fast NAT.. packet filtering. run separate dial-in and dial-out modem spools Disable the use of the escape sequence +++ to switch to command mode. and force a disconnect after the thirdto slow down automated password attacks. and that the server forces logout from all active sessions Check that no useless RAS access is available (users setting up a modem on their computer. Implement both proxies or packet filters. Don't tell the user whether the username. were incorrect.com/resources/winnuke. Zone Labs' ZoneAlarm. to force users to use proxying With switched technologies.) All RAS access must require login/password. modems inside PBX to allow for remote administration. Do not allow dial-out from an unauthenticated dial-in call If possible. the password. use Permanent Virtual Circuits or Closed User Groups whenever possible. etc..com/default. test it regularly from the Internet: o HackerWacker o Shields-UP! http://grc.jtan. automated connection on all the phone lines available at your site to check for rogue modems installed by users without noticing MIS) Set a short delay after the first and second failed logins. Modems should be reset to a standard configuration after each call Check that calls terminate cleanly. change default password/code Check daily logs if available. including client hosts: Free solutions for Windows are Tiny Software's Tiny Personal Firewall. or both.htm o WinNuke Test Page http://www. Hosts   Install a firewall on all hosts. and Sygate's Personal Firewall. Fight IP spoofing coming from your by not letting out any packet whose source address does not belong to your network PBX    If your PBX can be configured remotely through a modem. if available RAS          Add authentication for dial-out users.html . unbeknownst to MIS. You'd be surprised at the number of spyware applications sending out information to the Net without telling you. modems still connected to the POTS that everyone forgot about. and make sure modems cannot be reprogrammed remotely.

com/smysecure/index.anti-trojan.net/camera/ o Security Space https://secure1.org/tools.Ingenieurbuero Holger Heimann.com/pub/scan/ o Whitehats Free DDOS Testing Service http://dev.shavlik.whitehats. games.asp o Virtual Suicide http://suicide.com http://www. especially on your MTA.de/vulchk.com/SecurityTest/ o WebTrends http://www.html o QuickInspector for the Web by Shavlik Technologies http://security.sandboxsecurity.hsr. /etc/limits.itsec.html o myCIO.ita.) o o o .com/products/prescan1.htm o Sandbox Security Test Suite http://www.com/secureme_go Protect against buffer overflows (StackGuard.com/ o Sybergen Online-Security-Check http://www. use the LIBSAFE set of libraries to protect binaries) Limit what kernel options can be changed while the server is up (eg.secure-me. Germany http://www.netscreen.de/SecurityCheck/default. patch the Linux kernel.net/ o Quick-Test by sicher-surfen.webtrends.com/scan/ddos/ddos.mycio.heise. and allow for backup in case of short interruptions Mount as many partitions in read-only as possible.exchangeantivirus.smartbotpro.de/cgibin/index.html o Secure Design http://www.sicher-surfen.com/ o Browser-Check bei heise online (Germany) http://www.net. On Unix.de. im Auftrag des Datenschutzbeauftragten des Kantons Zuerich http://www. so as to reduce the need for sending queries to a remote DNS. use the noatime attribute in /etc/fstab.html o Hochschule Rapperswil.mycgiserver.html o ibh .asp o Anti-Trojan.conf) Keep compilers and packagers on a removable device to make it difficult for someone to compile and/or install packages (Unix) Consider using xinetd to replace inetd + TCPWrapper (Unix) Remove all unneeded aliases in /etc/aliases (eg.netfarmers.com/securitytest/index.de/ct/browsercheck/ o DLS Reports http://www.asp o Remote Security Tester by Ken Kalish http://www.net/ Sygate http://scan.com http://www.ch/cgibin/datenschutz/DSZ_test_start.securityspace. Germany http://www.pl o Adiscon QuickCheck for Clients.com/ E-SOFT/SecuritySpace.sybergen.net/tools/security/scan.sygatetech. Set up hosts to limit use of resources (eg. Swizerland.-) http://server142. Germany http://www.pl o The Apostols http://apostols. Germany http://www.com/smysecure/index.dslreports.sdesign.securityspace. etc.com/~kalish/ o Security-Port-Scanvon by NetScreen Technologies http://www2.html o Online Trojan Port Scanner (Lockdown?) http://onlinescanner.net/ o Personal Security Scanner . only root should be able to run echo "1" > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward) Require a password when booting in single-user mode Disable or restrict email relaying on your MTAs Run a cache DNS.com/content/security/cybercop.          Secure-Me/DSLreports http://www.

allow and hosts. tty2.rhosts. if available on your system. for added security Do not run unneeded binaries that run as administrator (eg. and even then.d/init. Use the wheel group to specify who is allowed to su to root. ICQ) and e-mail Set up hosts to log users out or lock their screen after X minutes of no activity. and have an e-mail sent to MIS so that you know who your reckless users are Disable command-line history log by adding HISTFILESIZE=0 in your local . especially if that host is connected to the public part of your network (ie. etc.).bash_profile configuration file. etc. /etc/pam.allow . Start by denying all access in hosts. the DMZ in front of a firewall). or by changing the leading letter from S to s. although tools like nmap can determine the platform you are running in different ways Take advantage of TCP Wrapper's /etc/hosts. or avoid messing with them in the first place Take advantage of the extended attributes offered by the ext2fs to forbid changed to configuration files (eg. tty1.deny. No rogue hosts: Decommission any host that is no longer being used Do NOT connect a new host to the network until it has been thoroughly secured. ttyp1. It's much safer that users who telnet into a host first log on as a regular user. sudo)..) and NOT through the pseudo-terminals over the network (eg. SUID/SGID in Unix). names should not give away information on their platform or OS version.d/rcX. ttyp2. thus granting a regular user admin rights . as this switch is logged. etc. and have your monitoring tool check for such files every night Check for all world-writable/everyone files and directories. and only allow specific access in hosts. ~/. and hide which OS and version number is running.forward. Make sure this tool does not run applications with shell escape. especially system configuration files Implement the undelete or chattr feature.conf) Only use an administrator account when absolutely needed.equiv files to avoid hackers from creating them (use touch followed by chmod 0) When creating a new user account. and limit this function for console connections (Unix) Disable host reboot through CTRL-ALT-DEL by commenting out the "ca::ctrlaltdel:/sbin/shutdown.netrc /etc/hosts. disable the use of EXPN and VRFY commands Considering disabling remote reboot/shutdown. " line in /etc/inittab (Unix) Chmod 0700 /etc/rc.                       Remove all unneeded user and group accounts On your mailer. Add legalese to /etc/issue to warn users. and su to root. It doesn't take long for hackers to locate such unsecure hosts. and change the group ownership to su accordingly (eg. consider using tools that let you perform only limited tasks as administrator (eg. to make it easier for users to recover files deleted by mistake.deny feature. eg.d/* to keep users from checking out boot-time scripts Any failed attempt to connect should trigger an instant message (eg.rhosts /root/. Use safe names for hosts. Disable services started up at boot-time by either deleting the symlink in /etc/rc.. create locked ~/.d/su) Create locked /root/. chattr +i /etc/inetd. Use /etc/securetty to make sure that root can only log on through the console (eg.d.

take advantage of package managers like RPM to make it easier to know what packages are installed. and which version Once the host has all the packages you need. secure cases to unable access to jumper to reset passord. /usr/bin/su instead of simply su) New files should be created with safe.) Files exported through either NFS or Samba should be read-only as often as possible. umask of 027 under Unix. get the habit of always using absolute pathnames to executables (eg. learn how to boot as administrator to reset the password (eg. consider using two hosts. build a host with different partitions on different hard disks.) When running as root. thus preventing the host to reboot automatically after power resumes. or check its configuration so that it does not return important information to remote sites Mail server: For added security.) On Unix hosts. unbeknownst to you Restrict physical access (BIOS password. Users might want to affix a tamper-proof picture of themselves on their laptop computer to reduce risk of theft In case you either lose the administrator password or it was changed by hackers. to enhance performance and security (so a rogue program or hacker filling up a hard disk and crashing this host) To install and upgrade programs. be prepared to drive to the office in the middle of the night if power goes off at this inconvenient time. no writable directories to avoid running bogus binaries upload by hackers. no boot from floppy drive. either remove identd. set up program so run in chroot() to enhance security OS-permitting. etc. check whether the UPS application can send the password over a wire. /dev/*) Keep /tmp in its own partition Authentication . etc. consider 077 for system configuration files) Check that access to devices is secure (eg. the other to receive mail Hard disk     Use file quotas in user home directories Check that the default file permissions are safe (eg.                 Check that your PATH is secure. under Linux. no ". and 077 for root) If available. default rights (eg. etc. consider removing sensitive tools that could be taken advantage of by hackers (compilers. run a tool that monitors sockets to check whether it's trying to upload information to the Internet. check the nifty utilities from Winternals. especially root's (ie. one to send mail. Otherwise.". no root access.) When setting a password in the BIOS and using auto-shutdown UPS units (with autoreboot set in the BIOS when power returns). Boot loaders like LILO can also be set to prompt users for a password before booting an OS. tamper-proof cable to secure host physically to server room. umask of 022. For NT. booting with linux single in LILO. and prohibit users from running applications from there Set limits to how much RAM and processes are available to average users When installing a new closed-source software program.

ie. and implement password aging to force them to change their password regularly Change all default passwords on applications you install. remove those of employees who have definitely left. while authentication means checking that the user is indeed who he means he is (ie. and change the default to their own. Display login banner with some legalese to warn hackers that those are not public resources. Anyone using this system consents to these terms. the activities of authorized users may also be monitored and recorded. Sample seen on rootprompt: This computer system is for authorized users only. Individuals using this system without authority or in excess of their authority are subject to having all their activities on this system monitored and recorded or examined by any authorized person. for one. a connection to the SMTP port of a mail server should not tell you which MTA is running and its version) Run password cracking software regularly to check that users do not choose unsafe passwords. ie. If they don't. Remind employees to never write down their password. Utmp is not fool-proof: it will not be updated if a user's shell crashes (hence the user will appear to be still logged on). secure. NT: Do not set up unneeded trust relationships with other domains Remove all login information (eg. and is a plain-text file. All users should use a personal account. put users in a group instead All accounts should have a password If using NIS. When creating new user accounts. enter a password to prove this)  Check if your system supports the use of ACLs such as SubDomain instead of the basic Unix owner-group-world system of authorization . use shadow passwords instead of relying on /etc/password. do not use group accounts. In the course of monitoring individuals improperly using the system or in the course of system maintenance. disable their account. safe password (see appendix for how to choose a safe password) Disable all unused accounts. or do not get back to you. Remove guest accounts. and unique password as default to make them safe (ie. including law enforcement. check for all unused accounts. On *nix systems. use a difficult. if applicable. as system personnel deem appropriate. do not use the same password for all newly-created accounts). without choosing one that they used in the past (Linux and NT. Any material so recorded may be disclosed as appropriate. leaving your Unix system wide-open              Authorization Authorization deals with controlling access to resources. and use MD5 hashes instead of the crypt() function Consider password/account blocking after a predefined number of failed attempts to authenticate Do not create "Joe accounts". to make logging easier. After a waiting period. test accounts whose password is easy to crack. offer this feature) Each month. and contact their owner to check if they still need it. Take advantage of password aging to force users to change their password regularly. make sure you do not delete the leading + sign in /etc/password. Make sure this banner does not give out any information on the host platform and version #.

Uninstall any service/software that you do not need. denial of service. do not run the r-services (rlogin. attempts to write to system.conf Check for process table attack and related types of denial of service attacks Take a look at Bastille Linux or Debian. Remember to use a shredder before throwing out useless logs. tools that either do not require authentication to access resources. Make sure passwords are not logged Check history log Monitor connections and log files Consider logging to different files. anomalies. do not simply disable them by removing entries in start-up scripts and inet. pay special attention to any attempt to achieve a different security level by any user or process. Access should be limited to what a user could need to be doing on a host but not more Logging         Things to watch for: system crashes and reboots. especially if one of your hosts turns out to have been used by hackers as relay to launch attacks on other sites Check with lawyers how much data must be logged by auditing software. etc. and check that passwords are not actually logged for anyone to read To avoid log files from using too much disk space. new files with novel or strange file names. /etc/inetd. consider either compression. the other to the regular log file. or rotation followed by periodic moving of old log files to permanent storage like CD-Rs in case you need to investigate a break-in in the future. NT : Control Panel | Services).  Check for unowned files regularly Use sudo or equivalent to allow restricted use of root access. and what the legal restrictions are about logging user personal information Services        Keep two web servers: One in the public part of the LAN to contain files meant for the outside world. hence the need for a lot of monitoring tools Choose the "that which is not explicitly permitted is denied" philosophy. corporate resources (Search engines on the web can list all files on a weakly protected public web server). suspicious probes. Do the same for FTP and e-mail Run host monitoring tools like WhatsUp to check services running on remote hosts. In log files. on a central host: one for critical information to be sent to you by e-mail and/or printed. data modification or deletion. should know before users if something is wrong on the network. etc. inability of a user to log in due to modifications of his/her account. Another server in the private part. rsh. or that give out information on your hosts and network . Even safer is sending logs to a printer directly attached to each host to avoid sniffing. and work from there. preferably one that doesn't use a data buffer.) and fingerd. Maintain a skeptical attitude to determine if a service is truly needed or just a user's whim. suspicious browsing. and furnished with enough paper. changes in file lengths or dates (use Tripwire). to host private. ie. as they are more secure distributions Unless absolutely necessary.conf. unexplained. new user accounts or high activity on a previously low usage account. Disable any unneeded services running hosts (Unix: /etc/inettab. Generally speaking. especially from anonymous/guest accounts.accounting discrepancies. poor system performance.

services should be placed on hosts according to their security level (ie. Use a spare hard disk as home to FTP users to prevent hackers from crashing the host by uploading huge files. create an empty . monitors.) Have spare hosts and spare parts ready (hard disks. If this translates into too many servers. equiped with auto-shutdown and reboot. Beowulf Linux. Nessus. SYN flooding (solutions are Random Early Drop. and SYN Cookies). Trinux. As a better solution. motherboards.                 Do not rely on a trusted-hosts architecture (/etc/hosts.rhosts file owned by root and read-only to forbid users from creating one of their own. sniffing. to check for open ports and other possible insecurities Famous attacks: TCP/IP sequence-number prediction. each service should be running on a different machine whose only duty is to provide a specific service. Do the same thing for . Cops. early desynchronization.) with a step-by-step procedure on replacing them Use BIOS system monitoring feature (temperature in case. TCP ACK storms. web server). fans. power supplies.rhosts files in user home directories regularly. and set the sticky bit of user home directories to 1 to forbid users from deleting this file. Check that the BIOS of each host handles automatic reboot when power resumes. A free solution for Windows hosts is AVG.) Provide guest FTP access instead of anonymous access.) All access to resources should be authorized Scan for . with automatic updates for a local.forward files in case a hacker tried to reroute e-mail Use secure terminals (/etc/securetty) to force admins to first log in with their personal account and su to root To share directories and files from an Unix host. DDoS. and delete them. eg. SACK (Selective Acknowledgement). the main UPS sends an SNMP trap that can trigger all other hosts to shutdown. This helps to isolate intruders and limit potential harm. Provide backup hosts for major applications (e-mail.255 with source address is a local address) Run anti-virus software on all hosts. and making sure that all hosts are regularly updated.) Have users turn their monitor off to save power when leaving the office. install important services on secure hosts. active desynchronization. hard disk status. either stand-alone hosts. Security is only as strong as the weakest link in the chain. IP-directed broadcast (pinq x.equiv. TCP session hijacking. etc. stealth scanning (through the FIN packet). TCP spoofing. but leave their host running to minimize wear due to frequent power-offs. etc. Monitor use of hard disk space to watch for warez Try to protect from human error. to minimize down time Run scanners like Satan. Telnet session. passive attacks. a misconfigured host offering temporary degraded service Use UPS on all hosts that require them. central host to avoid every user downloading the same update from the Net. Ideally. considering using Samba instead of NFS for ease of deployment and increased security Consider installing a bastion host to be the point of access of all connections to the Internet (the router should only allow outgoing connections originating from that host) Take a look at outgoing filters to control which sites users can access on the Internet. and trivial services on trivial hosts. and to back up their files at night . high-availability systems (RAID 5 with hot-pluggable hard disks. etc. and document this as part of the security policy If possible. RAM.

) This is especially important for theft-prone portables If confidentiality is not an issue but integrity is. Monitor use of DHCP leases. or groupware servers). Run Tripwire or equivalent to monitor changes to system files. and run dnswalk to check for errors Keep that all software up to date. Check for suspicious changes made to zone files. do not reveal the name of MIS personnel. Test upgrade on a test host to check that no application is broken in the process. the more time you have to take care of tasks that only you can do as administrator. Educate users as much as possible. through a filesystem that supports automatic file encryption. unsecure hosts themselves Users/MIS Personnel    Instruct marketing and sales people to check with MIS before publishing any information on company resources. Check that DST works and has no impact on applications (source control. use MD5 or PGP to check that no hacker has tampered with it. Use toll-free phone numbers instead of actual. New or temporary hosts could use anonymous addresses from a DHCP pool DNS: Do not run dynamic DNS until a secure version is available. Hard disks. etc. or destroy them. source control applications. Norton utilities to make sure a hard disk really is blank and its contents unreadable. When you want to check your machine. teach users how to sign files through PGP/GnuPG Add corporate banner to all e-mails Do not just throw away outdated or broken equipments. clone its hard disk. Never install binaries for which you don't have the source code and didn't check that they come from a reliable source Data       Consider encrypting data files. help desk application.) The more users can do themselves. do not allow anonymous hosts from getting an IP address. or through applications that do this automatically (Lotus Notes. Either keep those for possible use later. either manually through PGP/GnuPG. Provide easy-to-use procedure to set up new hosts from secure images to avoid having users install new. through initial training and online knowledge databases (groupware. The goal should be to reduce synchronous calls to emergencies that require an immediate response from MIS. Have it look up addresses from DNS and assign static addresses to known hosts. tapes.) DHCP: If applicable.     Use secure time server to keep all hosts in sync (especially important for timedependent applications like build machines. take it off the network and boot off a fresh kernel (usually a read-only boot floppy is good for this) and then run Tripwire to check your files. internal numbers. Provide classes for all new employees on software used internally . so as to have the exact same setup Before applying an update. Remember to run eg. groupware. The best way is to stop the host to be updated. CDs can still contain confidential data. as this can be used by hackers to learn about your network Information given in your NIC record for the domains you own: Make them as generic and minimal as possible (eg. along with phone and fax numbers). and perform upgrade tests on the copy. floppies.

Remind MIS personnel to take advantage of groupware application to document procedures. installing softwares downloaded from the Net or found in magazines. use a private ISP account for this to hide the origin of the article (eg. access control card to the premises if applicable. This is especially important when posting to newsgroups or inquiring about competitors Watch out for hackers resorting to social engineering to find information (pretending to be with MIS and calling someone in the company to have them change their password. Check password aging. etc. Make sure all MIS personnel is able to take over someone else's job at short notice.) Consider setting up a bogus domain name to hide connections from your site (eg.) Do not leave sensitive documentation on desks. etc. Have them use passphrases instead.and Out-Processing . online dictionaries abound on the Internet. so you know how to reach them at any time Check purchase requests from employees for any unsafe choices Tell users not to share accounts.                   All interventions should be logged in the help desk application. etc. printers. Check that they do not re-use an older password Before leaving for any trip. phone adapters.Employee In. masquerading.). which makes it all the easier for hackers to crack passwords. so as to provide history to users and MIS. or on-site if visitors are around.) When traveling in groups. organize a balanced work schedule (eg.) Remind users not to write down their password. along with heads of departments. posting corporate information in newsgroups. fax machines.) Check that acronym-based passphrases are used instead of passwords (eg. check how safe the political and economic situation is. pay attention not to give out confidential information on either the company or its computer infrastucture. or in trash cans. Walls have ears Check appendices in this document on steps for hiring and firing personnel Appendix A . such and such employee answers calls only at certain hours or certains days. Use shredders for sensitive data Provide a computer use policy so that users know what they can and cannot do with their computer (eg. Dejanews. etc. w45hatgtg "where 45 have all the good times gone" instead of an actual word. and feedback to management on MIS activity and the type of problems that occur most often As answering synchronous calls is stressful and boring. and works on system-oriented tasks the rest of the time) Reduce inter-dependencies and specialization to a minimum. checking trivial web sites or newsgroups. and keeps MIS personnel from working on longer-term projects. transformers.and off-line list of MIS employees. etc. and that you have all the required equipment (PC Card and cable. tips. Require users to change their password regularly. contacts. employees should not all fly on the same plane When off-site. etc. or downloading offensive JPGs. and ask for a personal account if they need one Check with management if users should be allowed to post to newsgroups from their corporate account If MIS personnel need to ask technical questions to newsgroups that could be used by hackers to break into their site. Keep on. adding support for virtual domains in sendmail. as they're easy to remember and much more secure than regular passwords.

etc.). Add phone # to online phone list 4.MIS Personnel Hiring Test WAN       Difference between a repeater. SMB/CIFS RAS . Hand out documentation on resources available onsite (Phone-HOWTO. E-mail: Set up automated answer for incoming mails. Update caller ID and SPID in PBX 5. NIS.Add account to list. How would you use it to set up 2 networks of your own ? Differences between TCP/IP and Netbeui Explain what the following terms mean: ATM. and Caller ID 8. provide access control card Employee Out-Processing 1. and remember to delete them after a given period of time in case the employee is not to return 2. except corporate and known mailing lists (eg. Remove employee picture from mug-sheet. ISDN. and choose solid passwords per instructions in user guide 2. update mug-sheet and organization chart. Different standards of routing protocols TCP/IP : What form does an IP address take . Remove user from all mailing lists and backup jobs 3. NFS.) 6. What are class and classless IP addresses . Frame-relay. a router. Disabling is better than deleting. Create various accounts (NT user. FDDI. Lotus Notes. FTP. in case the employee can be expected to return in a short while. Add IP address in DHCP and DNS 3. Make sure security knows that this employee is no longer with the company. How is an address bound to a NIC . Remove hosts from backup selection list 9. a bridge. backup. Do NOT forward e-mails to a new address. should not be allowed in in the premises without an escort Appendix B . Check with manager or co-workers whether some files should be backed up from employee's workstations. Unix e-mail. VPN.130. and communicate login/password. as employee could continue receiving individual corporate e-mails after leaving the company 7. explaining that the employee has left and can be reached at such and such phone # or e-mail address 6. Take picture. unless OKed by management. What are private IP addresses . X25. Disable all accounts (including RAS) immediately before employee is leaving or is told of his dismissal (disgruntled employees and the like are the most common problem of internal threats).46. If admin passwords were known by employee. and. What is sub-netting Your ISP grants your site class C IP network address 207. personal or ex-customers). and burn CDs or save to tapes before reconditioning hosts 4.Employee In-Processing 1. NT computer. etc. cable modem. change them 5. phone directory. Tell user to change passwords immediately. xDSL.0/24.

SLIP/PPP. and type of connectors .or sequentialaccess. ZModem. V34. V42.  Explain what the following terms mean: RS-232. X2/K56Flex/V90. Things to watch for before connecting a new device onto a SCSI bus How many primary partitions does a hard-disk support ? How many cylinders should a hard-disk contain to avoir problems when booting an OS from one of the partitions ? What does MBR stand for. Example of some basic modem AT commands ? LAN          Difference between a hub and a switch ? Maximum number of 10BT hubs that can be linked together using regular plugs ? Name different LAN architectures available Name of the different layers that constitute the OSI/ISO and TCP/IP models Difference between TCP and UDP ? Some well-known port numbers ? What settings does a TCP/IP host need to connect to a LAN ? Name major NOS Different ways to protect a LAN from outside hacking ? Wiring    How many wires are required for 10BT wiring ? For 100BTX ? For 100BT4 ? What do UTP and STP stand for ? When is it necessary to use either one ? What are straight-through and cross-over cables ? PBX    How many wires are required to plug an analog phone into a PBX ? An ISDN phone ? What's SPID (French : SDA) ? Approximate voltage level of a RING signal ? Backup    Name different mass-storage devices currently in use. V42bis. call-back. BBS. and RAID 5 ? Hardware         Name different manufacturers of microprocessors Different models of the Intel family Different types of RAM How many devices can be connected onto an IDE bus ? SCSI : Speeds. BBS. each with its rough storage capacity What's the difference between an incremental and differential backup job ? What's the difference between RAID 0. Kermit. and what is it for ? What frequency should you choose so that the picture displayed by a monitor doesn't flicker ? . either random. black-listing. RAID1. How many devices can be connected onto a single SCSI bus .

ping. netwatch. FTP. OCX? Name different file systems available on Microsoft platforms What is the difference between FAT and FAT32 ? Name major DBMS vendors Unix/Linux                   Name the two original Unix branches Name the major current flavors of Unix Name the current. LDAP ? What is the difference between POP and IMAP ? What is Lotus Notes ? What is currently its strong point as compared to Microsoft Exchange ? What is ASCII ? Unicode ? What is a DLL ? What does client/server mean ? Alternative ? What do the following terms mean : DDE. so that a user is presented with a GUI to log in on a Linux server ? What is an i-node ? Name different file systems supported by Linux. sniffing. VBX. and only access a Linux server for e-mail ? What is a shadow password ? What do SUID/SGID mean. nslookup.d over RC scripts ? How do you set things up. and when should you use them ? What is Samba ? Can it be used as a DC ? On a DNS server. main Linux distributions What is POSIX ? What is the point of building a new kernel ? What are modules. tripwire. DCOM. BootP. tcpdump.500. and symbolic links ? How does an X server work ? NT    What are the different release numbers of NT ? What is the difference between a workgroup and an NT domain ? What is a DC ? What is Active Directory? What are the benefits to move to AD? . DHCP. INND. What are hard links. COM. IMAP. NIS/NIS+. netstat. Kerberos ? What are run-levels ? When should you use inet. X. ActiveX. POP. DNS. how do you set an alias for a host ? How does a DHCP server work ? What are Telnet. and when should you use them ? How do you add a new user account into a Linux server ? How to you set a new password for it ? What should you change to unable users to login. Corba ? What do the following terms mean : Java. OLE. What is the CPU/bus ratio ? Software             Name some major OS's What do the following terms mean : SNMP.

WINS. eg. video adapters.). etc. HOSTS . Do not use your actual e-mail address when posting to newsgroups or mailing lists. and commute time If possible perform assessment test: Fill a box with different hardware (NIC. master browser ? What is an SID ? What happens if you clone the partition of an NT host currently connected to the network. transportation means. DNS.        What do the following terms mean : NetBios. C/C++. as this can be used by spammers to confirm that an e-mail address is valid. Disguise your e-mail address. and do not post your address in any web page accessible from the Internet (eg. Contact MIS if your mailbox is filled with it. do not answer and ask IT to investigate Contact MIS in case of any malicious and threatening telephone calls.). your home page). e-mail. information on corporate infrastructure.com Do not install a modem to your host. etc. Office macros) English    Aural comprehension: TOEFL tape riting proficiency: TOEFL MCQs Reading comprehension: TOEFL MCQs Miscellaneous Check applicant's location. name resolution. can be tapped. DOS batch files.User Policy        Read the corporate computer use policy If you receive an e-mail or an instant message asking you to update the password of any of your accounts (NT. If you need to connect to a remote site. jdoe@yaPLEASEREMOVETHISTOMAILMEhoo. and ask applicant about their use Appendix C . including wireless. Be suspicious of any phone call asking for confidential information (your password. etc. and restore this image onto a new PC ? How can you upgrade a stand-alone NT host into a DC ? Is FAT32 supported by NT 4 ? What's an ERD ? What is a trust relationship ? What is an NT service ? Where are user or application parameters saved in Windows 9x and NT ? Development (Proficiency in VB. PearlPerl. or check with MIS if the remote site requires setting up an ad hoc connection Remember that telephone lines. Spammers can easily build themselves mailing lists by scanning such material. Python. Visual Test. LMHOSTS. broadcasts. either use the legitimate corporate connection. Use one-time passwords or tunneling to encrypt all data flow between corporate servers and your modem-equipped host .) Do not answer any SPAM e-mails.

implement measures which will protect your assets in a cost-effective manner. Those contain answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). and history of past incidents. etc. Before leaving for any trip. make sure the portable comes up with a visible tamper-proof corporate sticker to discourage theft MIS monitors network use.). make the most of the corporate groupware or help desk application before calling up MIS. never leave a portable computer unattended (eg. etc. transformers. always secure it with a lock and cable when working in an office. data can still be read on a reformated hard drive. leaving it at your feet in an airport. set up a password in the BIOS. determine how likely the threats are. and bring it to MIS instead. web sites) While on the road. w45hatgtg "where 45 have all the good times gone" instead of an actual word. Use a paper shredder before throwing out confidential data Do not run any software received through the mail or the Internet (e-mail attachments.) Passwords: Instead of regular words.) Do NOT write down passwords. identification of the incident. encrypt all sensitive files (e-mails. disruption of service. As explained in RFC 2196. check how safe the political and economic situation is. .). and call MIS/security ASAP. determine what you are trying to protect it from (files being accessed or deleted or replaced. unauthorized programs being run. etc. Walls have ears Do not leave confidential information lying on your desk. use acronym-based passphrases (eg. with the right tools. etc.) Watch out for hackers resorting to social engineering to find information (pretending to be with MIS and calling someone in the company to have them change their password. This channel also reduces synchronous interruptions to a minimum. put your portable in a safe). corporate reputation. or waiting for you through the metal detector. access control card to the remote presmises if applicable. etc. identify what you are trying to protect (files. employees should not all fly on the same plane Generally speaking. etc. If no one is available. and that you have all the required equipment (PC Card and cable.Security Policy The security policy to handle incidents should have the following sections: Goals and objectives. and review the process continuously and make improvements each time a weakness is found. post-mortem to improve security in the future.) When traveling in groups. online dictionaries abound on the Internet. as they may still contain sensitive data (for instance. and is responsible for prohibiting use of to newsgroups and web sites that are not work-related.              When off-site. handling.). Your e-mail and any file on your computer can also be monitored. which makes it all the easier for hackers to crack passwords. pay attention not to give out confidential information on either the company or its computer infrastucture. or on-site if visitors are around. use the site PA system if available If available. contact MIS whenever you detect a situation that you consider is or could be a security or safety incident Appendix D . using your hosts as stepping stone to launch attacks to other sites. or fax or copy machines. phone adapters. Challenge any stranger not wearing an access control card. notification. Do not throw away computer equipment. at your hotel. in each area.

hardware. and you'll get monkeys. but if you don't take measures to provide these necessary resources. keep in mind that. confidentiality. and denial of service. Therefore. Do not assume that because your whole site is secure today.Which Tape Drive Is Best for Your Linux System? http://www.) Also. nontechnical employees are those most likely to not upgrade to the latest anti-virus and launch any application or click on any e-mail attachement. but also very boring. That money can be spent on software. that it will remain so tomorrow. Appendix E . take into account the knowledge required to use computers securely. or the wages of your staff. whether it's the amount of work to re-create them (lost files). For each service that will be provided. the cost of protecting assets should be less than the cost of their loss.com/cgi-bin/printer. Needless to say. if using an RSAtype of encryption. and does not deal with particular versions of softwares you might be running.The basic goals of security are authentication. To make matters worse. and data integrity. Security is a state of mind. this document gives a list of general hints. Finally.pl?issue=200101&article=tape_drive .com/ http://www. especially if using a courier company to store tapes off-site Make sure you can restore encrypted tapes on a bare-metal host (eg. Perl. authorization.Choosing a backup software   Use encryption. Applications (and their corresponding bugs and breaches of security) are updated constantly. and hence. In order to keep it as universal as possible and avoid having to update it too often. Pay peanuts. so remember to check security-related mailing lists and web sites on a daily basis. No security. or the impact of the image or future of the company (break-ins.linux-mag. as e-mail-based virus are all it takes to bring down an entire organisation.htm Tape Drive Roundup . Performing such daily routine tasks is not only time-consuming. very likely to be neglected. especially as technical and involved as handling day-to-day management of a computer infrastructure. if only because new software and upgrades often means new security flaws. Threats include unauthorized access to resources and/or information. new breaches of security are found every single day. and hire MIS employees with such coding skills. and shell scripts are your friends. automate as many tasks as you can. and who will be allowed to access them. as the Bugtraq mailing list shows. make sure you keep safe copies of your private key on a separate media) Temp stuff http://www. availability.pctechguide. can be achieved without dedicating significant resources. there is no way that anybody will be able to provide you with any acceptable level of security.dantz. list who will provide and administer it.com/15tape. Hence the need to keep abreast through mailing lists and web sites. confidential information passed on to the competition. Python.

The other difference is the way data is written to the tape.2GB tapes Travan TR4 (4-8GB $200-500). tape price.Unix Security Checklist (from Practical Unix & Internet Security) Preface  Reread your manuals and vendor documentation. wraps the tape around a rotating drum that contains the heads. int SCSI. linear-scan drives have been winning the race with proven market success. using a series of tensioners. ext SCSI. Appendix F . USB).html&pub=nwc Tape technology is broken into two major categories: helical tape and linear tape. TR5 (10-20GB.000 rpm and high tension conditions have been quelled by the success and reliability of solutions such as the Sony AIT-2 drive. The stationary heads of the linear tape technology are what theoretically give linear-tape drives superior reliability. Linux. $150-600) DI30 (IDE) is Certified for Linux! ADR50 is Certified for Linux! ZIP QIC 120M floppy drive CD-R/CD-RW Server DAT 4mm (DDS) DAT 8mm (AIT) Jaz VXA DLT Exabyte Mammoth-2 Tandberg LTO Optical Magneto optical DVD Drive price. Aided by DLT. Linear scan uses stationary heads and a less complex tapethreading method. $250-600) Mgf = Seagate TapeStor OnStream (15-30GB. The main difference between the two is that a helical-scan drive pulls the tape out of the cartridge and. That is. . Concerns about the tape stretching or snapping due to drum rotation speeds upward of 7.networkcomputing. it drops down a row and switches direction. while the latter promises increased reliability. Linear scan writes data from front to back in a serpentine method. models (IDE. Helical scan writes data diagonally across the entire tape-simultaneously using multiple heads.Workstation CastleWood ORB Int IDE $150 Int SCSI $160 Ext SCSI $180 USB $200 2. The former touts higher density and performance. 25-50GB.com/shared/printArticle?article=nc/1114/1114ws3 full. standard recording format (can be accessed using non-proprietary software) The Emerging Tape Backup Market http://www. when the head reaches the end of the tape.

' " Chapter 2: Policies and Guidelines           Assess your environment. Chapter 1: Introduction     Order other appropriate references on security and computer crime. less secure rules for top-evel management. Consider automatic generation or screening of passwords. in fact. keyboard. Become familiar with your users' expectations and experience with UNIX. After you change your password. Post a reminder above your computer or desk: "Security is not 'Me versus the Users' but 'All of Us versus Them. Don't use your password as the password to another application such as a Multi-User Dungeon (MUD) game. Set priorities for security and use. Never record passwords online or send them to another user via electronic mail. Don't use your password on other computer systems under different administrative control. Do not write your account name or the name of the computer on the same piece of paper. Write a letter to your vendors indicating your interest and concem about (insufficient) sottware quality and security features. or by using the telnet localbost command. don't make it obvious that what you have written is. a password. . tokens. Mark your calendar for 6-12 months in the future to reread your manuals. don't forget it! After you change your password. What do you need to protect? What are you protecting against? Understand priorities. Do not attach your password to your terminal. test it with the su command. Don't have different. Circulate it to all users. Consider use of one-time passwords. Get management involved. Perform a risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis. or smart cards. Be sure that every user's account has a password. Ensure that all users know about good password management practices. Develop a positive security policy. and resources available. again. nonobvious passwords. budget. Schedule time to read them when they arrive. Pick passwords that are not so difficult to remember that you have to write them down. by trying to log in on another terminal. Pick strong. If you must write down your password." Work to educate your users on good security practice. Ensure that everything to be protected has an "owner. Ensure that authority is matched with responsibility. or any part of your computer. Chapter 3: Users and Passwords              Be sure that every person who uses your computer has his or her own account.

Obtain and install a message digest program (such as MD5). export. . If your system has "universes" or Context Dependent Files (CDFs). This protection includes use of removable media and encryption.Chapter 4: Users. Groups. Never use a login password as an encryption key. If you use the Data Encryption Standard (DES) algorithm for encryption.avoid obvious or easily guessed words or patterns. consider superencrypting with Triple-DES. Learn how to use message digests. Determine if write. chmod. and the Superuser         Ensure that no two regular users are assigned or share the same account.. Chapter 5: The UNIX Filesystem          Learn about the useful options to your version of the Is command. Never write SUID/SGID shell scripts. /var/adm/sulog. do not depend on ACLs to protect files on NFS partitions. Scan for device files on your system. Consider contacting your legislators with your opinions on these laws. and sale of cryptography. 027 or 077). Set your umask to an appropriate value (e. chown. Choose encryption keys as you would a password. and chgrp operations on files clear the SUID/SGID bits on your system. Never use rot13 as an encryption method to protect data. Restrict access to the su command. or other appropriate log files on a regular basis for bad su attempts. Think about how you can assign group IDs to promote appropriate sharing and protection without sharing accounts. the same UID.g. Disable SUID on disk partition mounts (local and remote) unless necessary. Use the compress command (or similar compression system) on files before encrypting them. be sure that all your administrative actions actually scan all the files and directories on your system. Scan the files /var/adm/message. If your system has ACLs. Chapter 6 Cryptography        Learn about the restrictions your government places on the use. Periodically scan your system for SUID/SGID files.. especially if they negatively impact your ability to protect your systems. other than UUCP users. Never give any users. especially if it is more than 1024 bytes in length. Think of how to protect especially sensitive files in the event that the root account is compromised. or restrict the ability to su to user root su to the user's ID when investigating problem reports rather than exploring as user root. Check their ownership and permissions to ensure that they are reasonable. Remember. Get in the habit of checking files based on this information. however . Don't depend on the crypt command to protect anything particularly sensitive. learn how to use them. Avoid use of the root account for routine activities that can be done under a plain user ID.

log in to your own account and use su. and to create and check digital signatures on important files. Use PGP to encrypt files and sensitive email. Chapter 7: Backups                 Make regular backups. investigate doing backups across a network link to a "hot spare" site. Try to restore a few files from your backup tapes on a regular basis. Remember to update your backup regimen whenever you update your system or change its configuration. Try to completely rebuild your system from a set of backup tapes to be certain that your backup procedures are complete. Make at least every other backup onto a different tape to guard against media failure. Instead of logging into the root account. Ensure that access to your backup tapes during transport and storage is limited to authorized and trusted individuals. system. Make sure to change the password of every "default" account that came with your UNIX. consider remounting the filesystems as read-only during backups to prevent changes to file access times.. Do not set up accounts that run single commands. Do not reuse a backup tape too many times. disable accounts like uucp and daemon so that people cannot use them to log into your system. Think about creating restricted filesystem accounts for special-purpose commands or users.    Protect your encryption key as you would your password . When using software that accesses files directly rather than through the raw devices. put it in a shell file. because the tapes will eventually fail.don't write it down. but escrow the keys in case you lose them. Keep your backups under lock and key. Consider obtaining a copy of the PGP software and making it available to your users. and /etc/fstab). Make periodic archive backups of your entire system and keep them forever. Avoid proprietary encryption methods whose strengths are not known. If your budget and needs are appropriate. Protect your encryption programs against tampering. Encrypt your backups. Use the group ID mechanism instead. or store it online. /etc/rc. use the rsh restricted shell. Do not store your backups in the same room as your computer system: consider offsite backup storage. /etc/passwd. If possible. Be certain that everything on your system is on your backups. Make periodic paper copies of important files. Make paper copies of critical files for comparison or rebuilding your system (e. If you need to set up an account that can run only a few commands. Do not set up a single account that is shared by a group of people.g. Do not create "default" or "guest" accounts for visitors. . Chapter 8: Defending Your Accounts         Make sure that every account has a password.

enable it. Be careful who you put in the wheel group. If possible. consider asking your vendor when they will be supported in your version of UNIX.. Put time/tty restrictions on login to accounts as appropriate. For example. Make a checkdist listing the size. contact the vendor and request that such support be added. enable it. set a lifetime between one and six months. If you are using a central mail server or firewall. Disable the accounts of people on extended vacations. If you have shadow password capability. set your systems to require the root password when rebooting in singleuser mode. Establish a system by which accounts are always created with a fixed expiration date and must be renewed to be kept active. make sure that the file /etc/passwd cannot be read anonymously over the network via UUCP or TFTP. If your computer supports password aging. If your system supports the TCB/trusted path mechanism. Consider using the Distributed Computing Environment (DCE) or Kerberos for any local network of single-user workstations. Chapter 9. or public terminals as "secure" in the /etc/default/loging or /etc/ttys files. If your system allows the use of a longer password than the standard crypt() uses. consider adding password screening or coaching software to assist your users in picking good passwords. Tell your users to use longer passwords. if your vendor software allows it. If your software does not support a shadow password file. Do not declare network connections. and permissions of every program on your system. Otherwise. to help prevent users from picking bad passwords. you may wish to export these filesystems read-only. mount disks read-only if they contain system software. you may wish to slighdy alter the algorithm used by crypt 0 to encrypt your password. If possible. you can increase the number of encryption rounds from 25 to 200. Enable password constraints. You may wish to include cryptographic checksums in the lists. Write a daily check script to check for unauthorized changes to files and system directories. if present in your software. . enable it. and on all ancestor directories. use them. If you export filesystems containing system programs. Double check the protection attributes on system command and data files. If you have source code for your operating system. as these people can use the su command to become the superuser (if applicable). Consider using some form of one-time password or token-based authentication. modiflcation time. Consider cracking your own passwords periodically. especially on accounts that may be used across a network link. If your system does not have a shadow password file. Integrity Management        If your system supports immutable files. modems. so that they cannot be modified by NFS clients. Keep copies of this checklist on removable media and use them to determine if any of your system files or programs have been modified.                   Monitor the format and contents of the /etc/passwd file. If you don't have them. on their directories. Disable dormant accounts on your computer. but don't place much faith in results that show no passwords cracked. consider the benefits of accountname aliasing.

Have your users check the last login time each time they log in to make sure that nobody else is using their accounts. Chapter 10: Auditing and Logging                Consider installing a dedicated PC or other non-UNIX machine as a network log host. Scan your system for any user home directories or dot files that are world writ-able or group writable. Be aware that log file entries may be forged and misleading in the event of a carefully crafted attack. Consider installing something to check message digests of files (e. Evaluate whether C2 logging on your system is practical and appropriate. This approach will ensure that you see all exceptional condition messages. Make sure that your utmp file is not world writable. Never install binaries obtained from untrustworthy sources (like the Usenet). Keep a paper log on a per-site and per-machine basis. Be certain that the program and all its data files are stored on read-only media or protected with encryption (or both). This review should include (if they exist on your system) loginlog. Don't include nonstandard directories in your execution path. install it. If you can. configure it so that all auth messages are logged to a special file. aculog. Don't leave any bin or library directories writable by untrustworthy accounts. sulog. If so. xferlog. Consider runting rdist from a protected system on a regular basis to report changes. . If you have backups of critical directories. and others. Run integrity checks on your system on a regular basis (see Chapter 9). Run last periodically to see who has been using the system. you can use comparison checking to detect unauthorized modifications. Consider adding an automatic log monitor such as Swatch. Make sure that your log files are on your daily backups before they get reset.g. Chapter 11: Protecting Against Programmed Threats        Be extremely careful about installing new software. Turn on whatever accounting mechanism you may have that logs command usage. craft your filters so that they exclude the things you don't want rather than pass only what you do want. Set permissions on commands to prevent unauthorized alteration. Consider installing a simple cron task to save copies of the lastlog file to track logins. Be careful to protect your backup copies and comparison programs from potential attackers. If you have syslog. install it first on a noncritical system on which you can test it and observe any misbehavior or bugs. Make an offline list of every SUID and SGID file on your system. also have these messages logged to a special hardcopy printer and to another computer on your network.. Tripwire). Use this program on a regular basis. Review your specialized log files on a regular basis. Determine if there is an intrusion-detection and/or audit-reduction tool available to use with your C2 logs.     Consider making all files on NFS-exported disks owned by user root. If you process your logs in an automated fashion. When installing new software.

If you have a dropped ceiling. Periodically review mailer alias files for unauthorized changes. Review the use of these commands (and the shell) in all scripts executed by cron.               If you suspect a network-based worm attack or a virus in widely circulated software.) Check the security of your at program. Periodically review all system start-up and configuration files for additions and changes. Disable terminal answer-back. . Determine who might have physical access to any of your resources under any circumstances. Watch for unauthorized modification to initialization files in any user or system account. Strictly prohibit smoking. . Never have ". etc. threats. install alarm sensors both above and below the floor. Keep your backups offsite. and defenses. Install and regularly clean air filters in your computer room. eating. perimeter. Train your users and operators about what to do when an alarm sounds. or structural failure. explosion. and disable the program if necessary. Place your computer systems where they will be protected in the event of earthquake. Periodically review configuration files for server programs (e. environment. Never have writ-able directories in your search path. Disable the automatic command execution feature in GNU Emacs. Make sure that personnel know how to use all fire protection and suppression equipment. Have water sensors installed above and below raised floors in your computer room.g. Make sure that the placement and nature of fire-suppression systems will not endanger personnel or equipment more than is necessary. including editor start-up files.conf. Have heat and smoke alarms in your computer room. When running as the superuser. and drinking in your computer room or near computer equipment. put sensors above the ceiling. Never write or use SUID or SGID shell scripts unless you are a hoary UNIX wizard. If you have a raised floor. Chapter 12: Physical Security             Develop a physical security plan that includes a description of your assets." (the current directory) in your search path. too. Make sure that the devices used for backups are not world readable. Check the placement and recharge status of fire extinguishers on a regular basis. get in the habit of typing full pathnames for commands. Verify that any files run from the cron command files cannot be altered or replaced by unauthorized users. Check the behavior of your xargs and find commands. inetd. if possible. call a FIRST response team or the vendor to confirm the instance before spreading any alarm.. Don't use the vi or ex editors in a directory without first checking for a Trojan . Make sure that any shared libraries are properly protected and that protections cannot be overridden.exrc file.forward files.

Have alarms associated with the systems to indicate if values get out of range.g. users should be required to take holiday and vacation leave regularly. Encrypt sensitive data held on your systems. Install filtered power and/or surge protectors for all your computer equip ment. Make sure that users in sensitive positions are not overloaded with work. Consider encrypting all of your backups and offline storage. and bolts to keep computer equipment from being carried away. Consider putting motion alarms or other protections in place to protect valuable equipment when personnel are not present. and connectors from tampering. Consider setting autologout on user accounts. Chapter 13: Personnel Security          Conduct background checks of individuals being considered for sensitive positions. Institute an ongoing user security-awareness program. Use locks. Avoid having glass walls or large windows in your computer room. Try to resolve potential problems before they become real problems. Make sure that staff have adequate time and resources to pursue continuing education opportunities. Never use programmable function keys on a terminal for login or password information. Provide refresher training on a regular basis. if appropriate. and for personnel taking on new assignments. Beware of insects trying to "bug" your computers. Consider installing an uninterruptible power supply. Have regular performance reviews and monitoring. Sanitize media (e. If the position is extremely sensitive. Protect all your network cables. Physically protect your backups and test them periodically. Have disaster-recovery and business-continuation plans in place.                    Have temperature and humidity controls in your computer room. In particular. Provide comprehensive and appropriate training for all new personnel. and if it is legally allowable. terminators. Store computer equipment and magnetic media away from building structural steel members that might conduct electricity after a lightning strike. Protect power switches and fuses. or incinerators. Lock and physically isolate your computers from public access. Use bulk erasers. even if compensated for the overload. Examine them periodically. shredders. Have antistatic measures in place. . Have recorders to monitor these values over time. responsibility or stress on a frequent or regular basis. Have applicants and contractors in sensitive positions obtain bonding. Do so with the permission of the applicants. Consider using fiber optic cable for networks. Check peripheral devices for local onboard storage that can lead to disclosure of information. consider using a polygraph examination of the candidate. tapes and disks) and printouts before disposal. tie-downs..

Check permissions on all associated devices and configuration files. Consider getting CALLER*ID/ANI to trace incoming calls automatically. Make sure that there is no way for the local user to reprogram the modem. Only allow execution of commands by UUCP that are absolutely necessary. Make sure that outgoing modems hang up on the outgoing call if the tip or cu program is exited.cmds file (Version 2 UUCP).sys or /usr/lib/uucp/Systems is mode 400.     Monitor users in sensitive positions (without intruding on their privacy) for signs of excess stress or personal problems. Make sure that no UUCP login has /usr/spooI/uucp/uucppublic for its home directory. Make sure that no user becomes irreplaceable. Apply policies of least privilege and separation of duties where applicable. Make sure that incoming modems automatically hang up on an incoming call if the caller logs out or if the caller's login process gets killed. Do not export UUCP files or commands on a writable NFS partition. readable only by the UUCP user. Consider use of encrypting modems with fixed keys to guard against unauthorized use or eavesdropping. Make sure that the files in the /usr/lib/uucp directories can't be read or written remotely or locally with the UUCP system. Make sure that the ruusend command is not in your L. Make sure that mail to the UUCP users gets sent to the system administrator. Consider making some or all of your UUCP connections use callback to initiate a connection. Chapter 14: Thlephone Security              Make sure that incoming modems automatically log out the user if the telephone call gets interrupted. make sure that access is properly ter minated and duties transferred. Consider using separate callout telephone lines with no dial-in capability for callback schemes. Log the numbers that call your system. Limit UUCP access to the smallest set of directories necessary. Do not install call forwarding on any of your incoming lines. Chapter 15. Disable third-party billing to your modem lines. make sure that they are run with the UUCP UID but that they are owned by root. weekly. If there are daily. Consider getting leased lines and/or callback modems. Make sure that the tip or cu programs automatically exit if the user gets logged out of the remote machine or if the telephone call is interrupted. Physically protect the modems and phone lines. Make sure that /usr/lib/uucp/L. When any user leaves the organization. Audit access to equipment and critical data. . Set up a different UUCP login for every computer you cornmunicate with via UUCP. UUCP             Be sure that every UUCP login has a unique password. or monthly administrative scripts run by cron to clean up the UUCP system.

contact your vendor and ask when equivalent functionality will be provided as a standard feature in the vendors' systems.cf file Make sure that your version of the sendmail program does not support the debug. You may wish to limit UUCP to the directory /usr/spool/uucppublic. Disable UUCP over IP unless you need UUCP. If your software allows. If your standard software does not offer this level of control. don't have a copy of your real /etc/passwd as an ~ftp/etc/passwd. and bin. If the machine has an active FTP service. Frequenfly scan the files in. Chapter 17: TCP/IP Services                Routinely examine your inetd configuration file. Make sure that /etc/ftpusers contains at least the account names root. Disable or delete any uucpd daemon if you aren't using it. Make sure that your sendmail program will not deliver mail directly to a file Make sure that your sendmail program does not have a wizard's password set in the configuration file Limit the number of "trusted users" in your sendmail. TCP/IP Networks    Consider lowAevel encryption mechanisms in enterprise networks. Limit the commands which can be executed from offsite to those that are absolutely necessary. or to "tunnel" through external networks. Remove all of the UUCP software and libraries if you aren't going to use them. Only give UUCP access to the directories to which it needs access. Do not depend on header information in news articles or email as they can be forged. your ftp account. The file should also contain the name of any other account that does not belonged to an actual human being. uucp. . wiz. If you support anonymous FTP. ensure that all UUCP users are listed in the /etc/ftpusers file.        Test your mailer to make sure that it will not deliver a file or execute a command that is encapsulated in an address. Do not depend on IP addresses or DNS information for authentication. Make sure that your version of the ftpd program is up to date. Make sure that all directory permissions and ownership on your ftp account are set correctly. Chapter 16. consider installing the tcpwrapper program to better regulate and log access to your servers. Be sure that the UUCP control files are protected and cannot be read or modified using the UUCP program. and usage of. Disable any unneeded network services. Then. Examine carefully any other alias that delivers to a program or file. configure any "incoming" directories so that files dropped off cannot then be uploaded without operator intervention. Delete the "decode" alias in your aliases file. or kill commands. Consider disabling any services that provide nonessential information to outsiders that might enable them to gather information about your systems.

Tell your users about the information that the finger program makes available on the network Make sure that your finger program is more recent than November 5.rhosts. If you have a plus sign (+) in your /etc/hosts. remove it. and that. Routinely scan your system for suspicious.rhosts files. If your X11 Server blocks on null connections. and perhaps against reading by unauthorized users.lpd file. Configure your NNTP or INND server to restrict who can post articles or transfer Usenet news.g. If you are using POP or IMAP. Block NTP connections from outside your organization. Block incoming RIP packets. 1988. Do not place usemames in your /etc/hosts. Consider not allowing users to have .equiv file.equiv file. with all published patches in place Make sure that the aliases file cannot be altered by unauthorized individuals. Disable or replace the finger service with something that provides less information. Consider disabling SMTP commands such as VRFY and EXPN with settings in your sendmail configuration. Block SNMP connections from outside your organization. Scan your network with tools such as SATAN and ISS to determine if you have uncorrected vulnerabilities .. or another more tractable network agent.g. Restrict access to your printing software via the /etc/hosts. Disable zone transfers in your DNS. Scan your network connections regularly with netstat. Be very cautious about installing MUDs. Kerberos. Enable the best X11 authentication possible in your configuration (e.rhosts files are protected to mode 600. IRCs. Consider replacing sendmail with smap.) Make sure that TFTP access. or other servers. Make sure that you are running the latest version of the nameserver software (e. Disable rexec service unless needed. Make sure that all existing . get an updated version. doing this might introduce a vulnerability.before an attacker does the same. Set up your logindevperm or fbtab files to restrict permissions on frame buffers and devices. "magic cookies") instead of using xhost.. if enabled. if this is possible on your system. Have an alias for every non-user account so that mail to any valid address gets delivered to a person and not to an unmodified mailbox. use static routes where possible and practical. Make sure that you have the most recent version of the software. if possible.rhosts files on your system. is limited to a single directory containing boot files. Disable the rexd RPC service. (But beware that most implementations of trusted commands don't understand IP addresses in . . bind) with all patches applied.g. in such cases. in . Use IP addresses instead of domain names in places where the practice makes sense (e. Consider running the authd daemon for all machines in the local net.rhosts files). Secure RPC. Make sure that all files used by the nameserver software are properly protected against tampering. Disable UUCP over IP unless needed. configure your system to use APOP or Kerberos for authentication. Make your list of trusted hosts as small as possible.                                  Make sure that your version of the sendmail program is up to date.

Consider making your www server chroot into a protected directory. . and set its options appropriately (and conservatively). if possible. and disconnect machines that do not really need to be connected. Prevent general access to the server log files. understand its limitations. personal information). Be aware of the potential risks posed by dependence on a limited number of thirdparty providers. Re-evaluate why you are connected to the network at all. (See the specific programming recommendations in the chapter.) Consider using taintperl as the implementation language. Use NIS+ in preference to MS. Set the server to not follow symbolic links. If you are transferring sensitive information over the WWW connection (e. Have it set to run as a nobody user unique to the WWW service. enable encryption. Monitor the logs and usage of your WWW service. Become familiar with all the configuration options for the particular server you use. Chapter 19: RPC. If you are using Kerberos. NIS+. Be extremely cautions about writing and installing CGI scripts or programs. Do not mix WWW and FTP servers on the same machine in the same filesystem hierarchy.g. Disable automatic directory listings. Make sure that your version of ypbind only listens on privileged ports. contact your vendor and ask when it will be supported. configure the program so that it restricts which machines can send requests to your portmapper. Chapter 20: NFS  Program your firewall and routers to block NFS packets. including login. Put keylogout in your logout file if you are running secure RPC. Configure your server to only allow CGI scripts from a particular directory under your control. Make sure that there is an asterisk (*) in the password field of any line beginning with a plus sign (+) in both the passwd and group files of any NIS client.. Limit or prohibit server-side includes. Make sure that your version of portmapper does not do proxy forwarding. Do not run your server as user root. Use netgroups to restrict access to services. and Kerberos           Enable Kerberos or Secure RPC if possible. or to only follow links that are owned by the same user that owns the destination of the link. Make sure that there is no line beginning with a plus sign (+) in the passwd or group files on any NIS server. Chapter 18: WWW Security               Consider running any www server from a Macintosh platform instead of from a UNIX platform. If this feature is not present. If your version of portmapper has a "securenets" feature. NIS.

Don't configure any machine to trust machines outside the local subnet. using the access= or ro= options. Rerun the program periodically. in TCP mode. For instance. Make sure that user accounts have different passwords for machines on different subnets.               Use NFS version 3. Use the most complete firewall you can afford and one that makes sense in your environment. rather than creating your own. Consider intemal firewalls as well as extemal firewalls. Chapter 21: Firewalls                  Keep in mind that firewalls should be used in addition to other security measure and not in place of them. Break your network up into small. and Usenet on closely guarded bastion hosts. Do not export filesystems to yourself! Do not use the root= option when exporting filesystems unless absolutely necessary. independent subnets. and think about doing without. Consider setting a policy of default deny for your firewall. Never export a mounted partition on your system to an untrusted machine if the partition has any world. Do not export user home directories in a writable mode. Export filesystems to a small set of hosts. (See the discussion in the chapter. use the secure option for NFS mounts.or group-writable directories. Use the netgroups mechanism to restrict the export of (and thus the ability to remotely mount) filesystems to a small set of local machines. if available. Plan accordingly: periodically test your firewall and have defense in depth for that eventuality. email. Configure your firewall/bastion hosts to remove all unnecessary services and utilities. Mount partitions nosuid unless SUID access is absolutely necessary. Set the kemel portmon variable to ignore NFS requests from unprivileged ports. Make sure that firewall machines have the highest level of logging. Each subnet should have its own NIS server and netgroups domain. Monitor activity on the firewall regularly. Configure firewall machines without user accounts and program development utilities. Mount partitions nodev. At the very least. Don't mount NFS directories across subnet boundaries. Reconsider why you want to use NFS. Plan on centralizing services such as DNS. Monitor who is mounting your NFS partitions (but realize that you may not have a complete picture because of the stateless nature of NFS).) . Consider buying a commercially provided and configured firewall. put a screening router in place. Have a central mail machine with MX aliasing and name rewriting. Give serious thought to whether or not you really want all your systems to be connected to the rest of the world. replicating disk on local machines may be a safer approach. if available. When possible. if possible. Keep in mind that firewalls can sometirnes fail. Set root ownership on files and directories mounted remotely. even if a firewall is interposed. Use fsirand on all partitions that are exported.

Consider writing your own wrapper programs to provide extra control or logging for your local system. etc. Consider installing the tcpwrapper program to restrict and log access to local network services. If a break-in occurs. Carefully check backups and logs to determine if this is a single occurrence or is related to a set of incidents. vmstat. See the chapter text for specific . Run machine status-checking programs regularly to watch for unusual activity: ps. Consider installing the ident/authd service on your system to help track network access. consider making a dump of the system to backup media before correcting anything. Configure appropriate process and user limits on your system. be certain that you restore the system to a known. good state. don't panic! Start a diary and/or script file as soon as you discover or suspect a break-in. Avoid storing or transmitting passwords in clear text in any application. If a break-in occurs. Observe the 24 general rules presented in the chapter when writing any software. Think about using chroot for privileged programs. . Note and timestamp everything you discover and do. enable them. Run hardcopies of files showing changes and tracing activity. Specifically.Chapter 22: Wrappers and Proxies     Consider installing the smap proxy in place of the sendmail program to receive mail over the network. Observe the 14 general rules presented in the chapter when writing any program that will be SUID or SGID. w. Install a firewall to prevent network problems. However. Don't test new software while running as root. Carefully examine the system after a break-in. Chapter 24: Discovering a Break-in         Plan ahead: have response plans designed and rehearsed. Initial and time-stamp these copies. Chapter 25: Denial of Service Attacks and Solutions     If user quotas are available on your system. remember that the results retumed by this service are not completely trustworthy. Be very cautious about generating and using "random" numbers. and especially when writing software that needs extra privileges or trust. Chapter 23: Writing Secure SUID and Network Programs        Convey to your vendors your concem about sofiware quality in their products. Observe the 17 general rules presented in the chapter when writing any network server programs.there is too much detail to list here.

Run long-running tasks in the background. Develop contingency plans and response plans in advance of difficulties. Include an explicit statement about the return of manuals. levels of user access and responsibility. setting the nice to a positive value. Have all users provide a signature noting their understanding of and agreement to such a statement. printouts. Make sure that you have appropriate swap space configured. Replace any "welcome" messages with warnings against unauthorized use. Keep written records of your actions when investigating an incident. in writing. If called upon to help in an investigation. Define. Make your users aware of the dangers of electronic harassment or defamation.g. . request a signed statement by a judge requesting (or directing) your "expert" assistance. Configure disk partitions to have sufficient inodes and storage. Formally register copyrights on your locally developed code and databases. Do not be unduly hesitant about reporting a computer crime and involving lawenforcement personnel. Restrict or prohibit access to material that could lead to legal difficulties. if possible. Develop contacts with your local law-enforcement personnel. Ensure good physical security for all network cables and connectors. Make certain that your legal counsel is consulted before you provide locally developed software to others outside your organization. Determine if your insurance covers business interruption during an investigation. Consult with your insurance carrier to determine if your insurance covers loss from break-ins. Keep your backups separate from your machine. pornographic material. Consider coupling this to provision of personal accounts with an independent service provider. images. Be aware of other liability concerns. Prohibit or restrict access to Usenet from organizational machines. IP addresses. and other information upon user departure. and sound files. and machine names. Put explicit copyright and/or proprietary property notices in code start-up screens and source code. etc.. if you need it. Monitor disk usage and encourage users to archive and delete old files. Make sure that users understand copyright and license restrictions on commercial software. Ethernet addresses). Restrict access to cryptographic software from the network. Chapter 26: Computer Security and US. Consider joining security-related organizations. and other materials as you proceed. Also determine if you will be required to institute criminal or civil action to recover on your insurance. Law                    Consult with your legal counsel to determine legal options and liability in the event of a security incident. Have a spare network connection available. Expand your professional training and contacts by attending security training sessions or conferences. printouts. Keep available an up4o-date paper list of low-level network addresses (e. Recommend a disinterested third party to act as an expert. Time-stamp and initial media.        Educate your users on polite methods of sharing system resources. This includes copyrighted material. trade secrets. Consider investing in a network monitor appropriate for your network.

host -lvt any acme.g RFC 1244 Policy for handling incidents:    Overview (goal and objectives in handling the incident) Evalution (how serious is it?) Notification (who should be notified) . Appendix F: Organizations     Learn more about security. Buy another 1000 copies of this book for all your friends and acquaintances. and fixig security bugs in a timely fashion. Explore other resources concerning security. fping gping. strobe & udp-scan. close tcp 53 on firewall. remove all unneeded sws. vrfy/expn mysmtp.Chapter 27: "Who Do You Trust?     Read the chapter. UNIX. Monitor newsgroups. Appendix G: Table of IP Services Read the table and add your own site notes indicating the services you do and do not wish to support. and incredibly popular. Understand the commands that are available to manipulate processes on your system. rogue phone plugs. seifried.org/lasg. Understand why SUID/SGID files have those permissions. Protest when vendors attempt to sell you products advertised with "hacker challenges" instead of more reliable proof of good design and testing. net view /domain: mydomain. Explore professional opportunities that enable you to network with other professionals.com. don't run progs as root. and add to your knowledge and experience. Trust us on this.txt). adequate testing. Develop a healthy sense of paranoia. spread dial-in phone #s. identd to get infos on a running process. modems. attractive.net. world-writable files + dir. icmpquery & icmpush. tx alarm if nic set to promiscuous. netcat. Make your vendor aware of your concerns about security. > zone. The copies will make you intelligent. Appendix B: Important Files   Become familiar with the important files on your system. mailing lists. and the Internet. Under construction nslookup (ls -d acme. core dump. and other resources that will help you stay current on threats and countermeasures. Appendix C: UNIX Processes   Understand how processes work on your system. traceroute -S -p53 x. dll's.

No system account needs to use them. Programs like sudo provide other ways to control who may use what program. I won't go into detail on installing it. Of the remaining 12. if you just know how. Even better.edu/pdq So I have my standards. The usual way it to create a special group for each class of suid programs you can identify and make each user a member of the groups needed.a number of special group IDs controls who may access these. and of course Qmail One gruesome night of crawling through man pages. Many classic programs cannot be set up this way and should not be exposed to the public Internet. If an attacker breaks into a system account he cannot reach any suid root program. very well audited. try to explain how it works.   Response Legal/investigative Documentation logs (records to keep from before/during/after the incident) Temp stuff djbDNS instead of BIND Use tcpserver to replace inetd netstat -an --inet netstat -nl --inet # netstat -ln dnscache There's replacements for. On the local machine domain sockets are used. I therefore put them all into a directory that only those accounts that correspond to real users can access. http and FTP software. Suid programs can be made only accessible to those who need to use them. but it's got the funniest web site of the lot. All remaining twelve programs had one thing in common: normally they would only be started by humans. . Anything that does interaction with the outside world should either be very trivial. Examples are ping and Xwrapper. It's not particularly sophisticated. dns. deeply hidden scripts and obscure configuration files reveals that in fact the only one not using port 6000 is the local user. that's what documentation is for. newsgroups. Ditto of xdm's UDP port. since it is very different from the way lpd works. X's TCP port can be banished. I will however. I've decided to switch to a little known print system called PDQ. 7 had a legitimate reason to be suid root (like su) while the other 5 needed to be suid root for practical reasons but there really should be a better way of doing this. http://feynman. or be sufficiently sandboxed that possible damage is limited.tam.uiuc. among other things. For six of the twelve I added extra requirements . As before. Preferably it should be all of them.

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