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Linux Security Week: December 14th, 2020
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Today’s newsletter highlights our two most recent feature articles: Anatomy of a Linux Ransomware Attack and Verifying Linux Server Security: What Every Admin Needs to Know. We also examine various topics including Red Hat's decision to end CentOS Linux 8 in 2021 and the upcoming launch of System76's AMD-only Pangolin Linux laptop. Wishing you and your loved ones a safe, happy and secure holiday season!
Yours in Open Source,
LinuxSecurity.com Feature Extras:
Anatomy of a Linux Ransomware Attack - In this article, we’ll examine the anatomy of a Linux ransomware attack, explore the magnitude of the ransomware risk Linux users face compared to Windows users and offer some tips and advice for protecting against Linux ransomware.
Verifying Linux Server Security: What Every Admin Needs to Know - Linux is a widespread OS known for its robust security . That being said, vulnerabilities are inevitable in any OS, and Linux system administrators must be vigilant about monitoring and verifying the security of their servers on an ongoing basis in order to protect sensitive data and prevent attacks. After all, the majority of attacks on Linux systems can be attributed to poor administration.
System76 has hinted at the upcoming launch of the AMD-only Pangolin Linux laptop powered by AMD Ryzen 4000 series of processors and featuring integrated AMD Radeon graphics. System76 hasn't said when their AMD-only Pangolin laptop will be available, but we're willing to bet it will come just in time for the Christmas holiday - in case you were planning on buying a powerful, fast Linux laptop for one of your loved ones.
A new survey conducted by The Linux Foundation 's Open Source Security Foundation (OSSF) and the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH) reveals that while open-source jobs are in high demand and the pay is great, it's not money that drives programmers to work on Open Source, but the love of solving problems and creation. The survey also reveals a worrisome trend: security is being neglected in open-source development.
There are various commands available to Linux users for troubleshooting desktop and server logs. Learn the basics of the journalctl utility of Systemd and its commands that can be used to view and analyze Systemd Logs in this DebugPoint.com guide.
Fail2ban is one of the most popular open-source tools for the banning of unwanted logins on a Linux system. In this TechRepublic tutorial, Jack Wallen demonstrates how to install and configure fail2ban on the latest release of Fedora Linux.
Piping Server is a free web service used to share data between devices over HTTP/HTTPS. Learn how to use Piping Server to securely transfer files - both from the command line and via a web browser - in this OSTechnix guide.
This guide demonstrates how to integrate the flexibility, scalability, and increased features of LVM into your server storage strategies. Traditional partitioning is good, but LVM is better - find out how.
The free ride is over for CentOS users. Red Hat has announced that it is shifting its focus to CentOS Stream - the upstream branch of RHEL, and support for CentOS Linux 8 will end in 2021. According to Red Hat, "CentOS Stream will be getting fixes and features ahead of RHEL. Generally speaking, we expect CentOS Stream to have fewer bugs and more runtime features than RHEL until those packages make it into the RHEL release."
Offensive Security might best known as the company behind Kali Linux , the popular (and free) open-source pen testing platform, but its contribution to the information security industry is definitely not limited to it. According to Offensive Security CEO Ning Wang, "The companys main goal, according to her, is to train millions of professionals to embrace the hacker mindset and the essential ethical hacking skills needed to break into and to succeed within the cybersecurity industry."