Jan 15, 2015 Tag: Security

About Security

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Known Weaknesses



  • Famous xkcd strip: http://xkcd.com/936/: “Through 20 years of effort, we’ve successfully trained everyone to use passwords that are hard for humans to remember, but easy for computers to guess.”

Human Factors

➜ kannweg



  • haveged - A simple entropy daemon

  • Intel RdRand Instruction

  • Debian or Unbuntu package ‘rng-tools’:

    ➜  ~ dpkg --status rng-tools
    Package: rng-tools
    Status: install ok installed
    Priority: optional
    Section: utils
    Installed-Size: 135
    Maintainer: Ubuntu Developers <ubuntu-devel-discuss@lists.ubuntu.com>
    Architecture: amd64
    Version: 4-0ubuntu2.1
    Replaces: intel-rng-tools
    Provides: intel-rng-tools
    Depends: libc6 (>= 2.14), libgcrypt11 (>= 1.4.5), udev (>= 0.053) | makedev (>= 2.3.1-77)
    Conflicts: intel-rng-tools
     /etc/default/rng-tools 80e82742d3612fbcc5b2fe28d9be198e
     /etc/init.d/rng-tools 364c92343bbad3c2b6c7f080c0abe322
     /etc/logcheck/violations.ignore.d/rng-tools 7c9474cbf0b1317efd82ce1cce1c1648
     /etc/logcheck/ignore.d.server/rng-tools 7c9474cbf0b1317efd82ce1cce1c1648
    Description: Daemon to use a Hardware TRNG
     The rngd daemon acts as a bridge between a Hardware TRNG (true random number
     generator) such as the ones in some Intel/AMD/VIA chipsets, and the kernel's
     PRNG (pseudo-random number generator).
     It tests the data received from the TRNG using the FIPS 140-2 (2002-10-10)
     tests to verify that it is indeed random, and feeds the random data to the
     kernel entropy pool.
     This increases the bandwidth of the /dev/random device, from a source that
     does not depend on outside activity.  It may also improve the quality
     (entropy) of the randomness of /dev/random.
     A TRNG kernel module such as hw_random, or some other source of true
     entropy that is accessible as a device or fifo, is required to use this
     This is an unofficial version of rng-tools which has been extensively
     modified to add multithreading and a lot of new functionality.
    Original-Maintainer: Henrique de Moraes Holschuh <hmh@debian.org>



Data Security, Backups

Keywords: rsync, dirvish, unison, rsnapshot

Safe Systems

  • https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenBSD

    OpenBSD ist ein Betriebssystem aus der Gruppe der Unix-Derivate, das unter der BSD-Lizenz frei verfügbar ist. Es wurde 1995 durch Theo de Raadt von NetBSD, dem ersten 386BSD-basierten quelloffenen Betriebssystem, abgespalten. OpenBSD ist bekannt für das Beharren seiner Entwickler auf Quelloffenheit, freier Dokumentation, kompromissloser Stellung gegenüber Software-Lizenzen, Fokus auf Sicherheit und Korrektheit von Quelltext. Beim Maskottchen des Projekts handelt es sich um Puffy, einen Kugelfisch.


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