Security Changes For Fedora 9
Security Updates For Fedora 9
I had several ideas for Fedora 9 in regards to improving the security of a
1: Disable root account / Use Sudo
2: /etc/ssh/sshd_config changes
-PermitRootLogin no (currently 'yes')
-LoginGraceTime 1m (currently 2m)
-Banner /etc/issue.net (currently not set)
-AllowGroups wheel (currently not set)
We should also see if the OpenSSH developers would be willing to make
these changes the default on Portable OpenSSH.
3: Add wheel group if not present
If there is no wheel group by default, we should include one in Fedora 9.
This means deciding on what Group ID (GID) to use. Anaconda would need to
force creation of a user account that is a part of this group.
4: GCC Lockdowns
With the new GCC-4.3.0 recently built for Fedora 9, we should forbid
ordinary users access to the programs it contains, incl. rpmbuild, mock,
etc. Only members of the wheel, koji, and mock groups should have access
to software development tools. Did I miss any groups that should be
Be sure to incorporate the most important Bastille fixes
(www.bastille-linux.org). This project appears to have stalled and
requires an older version of Fedora to run, unless you're a Perl ninja =)
Maybe we should contact the developer (Jay Beale), and ask him what he
needs to revive the project? Perhaps the Fedora community can be of
6: Make Packages for PortSentry & LogCheck
Can we add PortSentry & LogCheck to the list of available Fedora Packages?
I know the project appears to have stalled since late 2003.
7: Password Protect Single User Mode (Runlevel 1)
8: USB Key Authentication / Dual Factor Authentication
Should we use PGP or another tool to allow people to login/logout with a
This would have to work for KDE and Gnome at the very least, and while we
are at it, we might as well support XFCE. Inserting/Removing the USB
drive could automatically login/logout the user, with or without a
password as a second form of authentication, depending on how Joe Admin
wants his security set up.
9: Can we include TrueCrypt as a new package, provided it meets the
requirements, such as having an open source license, no patents or
Hope these ideas prove useful to the community.
Riley F. Marquis III
Senior Analyst - TCS Research