Linux server security

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Installing intrusion detection

In hostile environments such as server environments, using a FIA makes sense only if it is installed, fully configured and initialised at the very first boot after an installation from scratch, before ever connecting to the internet or doing anything else. It takes only one attack to install a backdoor. Installing aide or tripwire after such an event would guarantee that the backdoor remains just as open as the day an intruder installed it. For more on aide vs tripwire, see Linux applications: Intrusion detection, and for an example install of aide, see Linux security: Installing intrusion detection.






Server connections

Remote commands and procedure calls

ssh, rssh, scp and sftp.

Remote Procedure Calls (RPC), Portmapper

Network Wrappers (PAM)


Blocking ICMP and look invisible to ping.

Traffic control

Traffic Control (TC) and TC New Generation (TCNG)


Backup over ssh

Backup with rsync

Backup with unison