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SuSE releases new security tools.

I saw the included posting on the suse-security mailing list, and thought
it sounded like a good idea. So I was thinking of reviewing how compatible
these packages are with Indy (they come in RPM, so that's a start).

What does anyone think of the inclusion of these (or similar) scripts in

I'm also just had the idea of writing a simple front end for IPCHAINS, one
that creates a firewall policy for the machine, by prompting the user for
answers to questions. Thoughts? I may have seen something similar on
securityfocus.com, but I'm not sure.

I feel that security is (should be) an important part of EVERY disto. SuSE
seems to be taking it seriously, and I feel we should to.

Project Independence is about creating Linux answers for Linux problems,
not Unix answers. A lot of the processes involved in securing a Linux box
are straight from Unix machines, and are thus daunting to users. Security
is one LARGE area of linux that could do with being made user-friendly,
and IMHO, this is what Indy should do.

I'd be interested in hearing anyone else's views on this topic.

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From: marc@suse.de 
Date: Sun Nov 28 02:03:11 1999


                        SuSE Security Announcement

                Announcement of new security tools from SuSE


Please note, that that we provide this information on an "as-is" basis only.
There is no warranty whatsoever and no liability for any direct, indirect or
incidental damage arising from this information or the installation of
the update package.

Tools developed by SuSE (all open source) and included in SuSE 6.3 :

SuSE FTP Proxy - The first program of the SuSE Proxy Suite.
                 A secure FTP proxy with support for SSL, LDAP, command
                 restriction, active and passive FTP support, and much more.
                 RPM: fwproxy.rpm, fwproxys.rpm (SSL - not in the US version)

SuSE Firewall  - The new firewall script from SuSE, rewritten from scratch.
                 Autodetection of interface information, masquerading,
                 autoprotection of services, protection from internal
                 networks, fail-close design and easy to configure.
                 RPM: firewals.rpm

Harden SuSE    - A special script for hardening a SuSE Linux 5.3 - 6.3.
                 By answering 9 questions, the system is reconfigured very
                 tightly. e.g. disabling insecure network services, removing
                 suid/sgid/world-writable permissions which are not critical.
                 RPM: hardsuse.rpm

SuSE Secumod   - This loadable kernel module enhances the security of the
                 system by adding a symlink/hardlink/pipe protection,
                 procfs protection, trusted path execution and capabilities.
                 RPM: secumod.rpm

SuSE Secchk    - These are cron scripts which run daily, weekly and monthly
                 to check the security of the system and compare them to the
                 last run.
                 RPM: seccheck.rpm

Yast-1         - New administration menu for setting password aging,
                 authentication fail delay and logging of logins + failures.
                 RPM: yast.rpm

SuSE auditdisk - Please note that this tool is in beta phase!
                 This tool generates a bootdisk with checksum data and all
                 binaries etc. needed to automaticaly verify file checksums
                 upon booting. This way it can't be subverted by lkm's like a
                 standard e.g. tripwire installation.
                 WWW: http://www.suse.de/~marc - not included on SuSE 6.3 yet

Watch out for updates of these tools on our WWW or FTP update sites.
Although these are tools developed by SuSE, they (should) work on any Linux
distributions with little problems.

New tools included in the SuSE Linux distribution (not created by SuSE):

FreeS/WAN      - IPSEC implementation to build secure VPN tunnels via public
                 RPM: freeswan.rpm (not in the US version)

GNU Privacy Guard - A free pgp-like tool for secure (not limited to email)
                 communication. Frontends are also included.
                 RPM: gpg (not in the US version)

Nessus         - A very good network security scanner!
                 RPM: nessus

plus tmpwatch, arpwatch, plug, sslwrap, the newest nmap and more.
"Old" packages include: john, saint, cipe, pgp, scanlogd, ssh, tripwire, etc.


General information on SuSE Linux:

You can find updates on our ftp-Server:
  ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update for Intel processors
  ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/axp/update  for Alpha processors

or try the following web pages for a list of mirrors:

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