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Old 07-31-2001
Security & audit

I am new to the world of Unix. As part of my understanding to have a big picture of Unix, I need to understand:

1. How to review the existing unix system or audit for the settings?
2. How do I go about fixing the holes?
# 2  
Old 07-31-2001
Most commerical port scanners can determine the OS type, scan all ports for vulnerabilities AND detail a report that suggests the appropriate fixes. So, if are running UNIX for a large commercial, government, or other entity; see if they have purchased a good commerical port scanner (and keep it updated with the lastest goodies).

Similar tools are available with shareware. Tools like SATAN, come to mind first. Enjoy!
# 3  
Old 08-01-2001
In terms of looking into access controls what should I be looking at?
Is there any checklist available along with the commands ?
# 4  
Old 08-01-2001
There must be commerical programs that scan the file system and produce reports on file and directory permissions, but I can't think of any off hand. COPS is a sets of utilities that runs on UNIX as shel scripts and checks the file system.

More on COPS here:

Also, more UNIX security tools here:

# 5  
Old 08-02-2001
If you want information specific to your UNIX setup, search for information. Also, check into if you want to get your hands dirty.
Read this several times: Fire up your favorite FTP client, and head on over to

When you're ready for more links, let me know... I can go on like this all day. If you want something specific, I'll do my best to oblige.
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