Latest security solutions for Linux systems

By : |June 20, 2006 0

Speaking of security, names that come to ones mind are McAfee, Symantec, Fortinet, F-Secure, RSA Security etc. With the growing popularity of open source operating system Linux these companies provide various kinds of security solutions for Linux systems as well. In this article we take a look at some popular, not-so-popular but latest security solutions for Linux.

Autopsy Forensic Browser 2.07

Developed by Brian Carrier this is a Linux based security solution for forensics. It comes with Autopsy Forensic Browser; a graphical interface as well as a command line digital forensic analysis tool packed The Sleuth Kit. Its rich feature list is comparable to other commercially available digital forensics tools for the analysis of Windows and UNIX file systems (NTFS, FAT, FFS, EXT2FS, and EXT3FS).

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KisKis 0.19

KisKis provides a provision of storing all passwords in a password safe XML based master file. The encryption algorithm used meets the OpenPGP-standard.

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MaraDNS 1.2

MaraDNS is a Linux based package that implements Domain Name Service (DNS) as an essential service. Originally created in 2001, MaraDNS 1.0 was released in 2002 followed by a MaraDNS 1.2 release in 2005. MaraDNS is ideal for environments where DNS server must be secure and should use minimum number of available resources.

The lastest version of MaraDNS offers ease of use and a simple configuration, and security features like a special string libraray resitant to buffer overflows etc. The 1.2 release is available under a two-clause BSD license.

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Developed by Ethan Galstad, Nagios is a Linux based host, service and network-monitoring tool. The monitoring daemon runs intermittent checks on hosts and services that have been specified using external "plugins" which return status information to Nagios. When problems are encountered, the daemon can send notifications out to administrative contacts in a variety of different ways (email, instant message, SMS, etc.). Current status information, historical logs, and reports can all be accessed via a web browser. It can monitor network services like SMTP, POP3, HTTP, NNTP, PING etc. as well as host resources like processor load, disk and memory usage, running processes and log files. It offers a simple plug-in that allows users to develop their own host and service checks etc. Nagios is available under the GNU General Public License.

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[image_library_tag 416/11416, height=”168″ alt=”sussen” width=”200″ align=”left” border=”0″ ,default]Developed by Loren Bandiera, Sussen is a tool that can be used to check for vulnerabilities and configuration issues on computer systems. Based on the Open Vulnerability and Assesment Language (OVAL), Sussen comes with an interpreter; a GNOME based applet; a commnad line program for scanning a system; and a GNOME based editong tool for creatingt/editing OVAL definition sets.

The interpreter takes a set of OVAL definitions to collect characteristics and configuration information about the target system. These are non-destructive probes and are not running any exploit code. After the data collection is complete it analyzes each OVAL definition and sees if the conditions were met on the target system. When the analysis is complete the results are presented to the user.

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[image_library_tag 417/11417, height=”223″ alt=”Kiskis” width=”250″ align=”left” border=”0″ ,default]KisKis stands for Keep It Secret! Keep It Safe! Developed by Tobias Buchloh KisKis is a cross-platform password manager written in Java. It can be used to manage passwords for network or Internet accounts, credit card pin numbers as well as files. Each account can be described using attributes and comments. Using its tracking feature, changes in the passwords can be tracked and users can define their own account template.

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