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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP1

Security and Hardening Guide

Introduces basic concepts of system security, covering both local and network security aspects. Shows how to use the product inherent security software like AppArmor, SELinux, or the auditing system that reliably collects information about any security-relevant events. Supports the administrator with security-related choices and decisions in installing and setting up a secure SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and additional processes to further secure and harden that installation.

Publication Date: September 16, 2021
About This Guide
Available Documentation
Giving Feedback
Documentation Conventions
Product Life Cycle and Support
1 Security and Confidentiality
1.1 Overview
1.2 Passwords
1.3 Backups
1.4 System Integrity
1.5 File Access
1.6 Networking
1.7 Software Vulnerabilities
1.8 Malware
1.9 Important Security Tips
1.10 Reporting Security Issues
2 Common Criteria
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL)
2.3 Generic Guiding Principles
2.4 For More Information
I Authentication
3 Authentication with PAM
3.1 What is PAM?
3.2 Structure of a PAM Configuration File
3.3 The PAM Configuration of sshd
3.4 Configuration of PAM Modules
3.5 Configuring PAM Using pam-config
3.6 Manually Configuring PAM
3.7 For More Information
4 Using NIS
4.1 Configuring NIS Servers
4.2 Configuring NIS Clients
5 Setting Up Authentication Clients Using YaST
5.1 Configuring an Authentication Client with YaST
5.2 SSSD
6 LDAP—A Directory Service
6.1 Structure of an LDAP Directory Tree
6.2 Installing the Software for 389 Directory Server
6.3 Manually Configuring a 389 Directory Server
6.4 Setting Up a 389 Directory Server with YaST
6.5 Manually Administering LDAP Data
6.6 For More Information
7 Network Authentication with Kerberos
7.1 Conceptual Overview
7.2 Kerberos Terminology
7.3 How Kerberos Works
7.4 User View of Kerberos
7.5 Installing and Administering Kerberos
7.6 Setting up Kerberos using LDAP and Kerberos Client
7.7 Kerberos and NFS
7.8 For More Information
8 Active Directory Support
8.1 Integrating Linux and Active Directory Environments
8.2 Background Information for Linux Active Directory Support
8.3 Configuring a Linux Client for Active Directory
8.4 Logging In to an Active Directory Domain
8.5 Changing Passwords
9 Setting Up a FreeRADIUS Server
9.1 Installation and Testing on SUSE Linux Enterprise
II Local Security
10 Physical Security
10.1 System Locks
10.2 Locking Down the BIOS
10.3 Security via the Boot Loaders
10.4 Retiring Linux Servers with Sensitive Data
10.5 Restricting Access to Removable Media
11 Automatic Security Checks with seccheck
11.1 Seccheck Timers
11.2 Enabling Seccheck Timers
11.3 Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Checks
11.4 Automatic Logout
12 Software Management
12.1 Removing Unnecessary Software Packages (RPMs)
12.2 Patching Linux Systems
13 File Management
13.1 Disk Partitions
13.2 Checking File Permissions and Ownership
13.3 Default umask
13.4 SUID/SGID Files
13.5 World-Writable Files
13.6 Orphaned or Unowned Files
14 Encrypting Partitions and Files
14.1 Setting Up an Encrypted File System with YaST
14.2 Encrypting Files with GPG
15 User Management
15.1 Various Account Checks
15.2 Enabling Password Aging
15.3 Stronger Password Enforcement
15.4 Password and Login Management with PAM
15.5 Restricting root Logins
15.6 Setting an Inactivity Timeout for Interactive Shell Sessions
15.7 Preventing Accidental Denial of Service
15.8 Displaying Login Banners
15.9 Connection Accounting Utilities
16 Spectre/Meltdown Checker
16.1 Using spectre-meltdown-checker
16.2 Additional Information about Spectre/Meltdown
17 Configuring Security Settings with YaST
17.1 Security Overview
17.2 Predefined Security Configurations
17.3 Password Settings
17.4 Boot Settings
17.5 Login Settings
17.6 User Addition
17.7 Miscellaneous Settings
18 Authorization with PolKit
18.1 Conceptual Overview
18.2 Authorization Types
18.3 Querying Privileges
18.4 Modifying Configuration Files
18.5 Restoring the Default Privileges
19 Access Control Lists in Linux
19.1 Traditional File Permissions
19.2 Advantages of ACLs
19.3 Definitions
19.4 Handling ACLs
19.5 ACL Support in Applications
19.6 For More Information
20 Certificate Store
20.1 Activating Certificate Store
20.2 Importing Certificates
21 Intrusion Detection with AIDE
21.1 Why Use AIDE?
21.2 Setting Up an AIDE Database
21.3 Local AIDE Checks
21.4 System Independent Checking
21.5 For More Information
III Network Security
22 X Window System and X Authentication
23 SSH: Secure Network Operations
23.1 ssh—Secure Shell
23.2 scp—Secure Copy
23.3 sftp—Secure File Transfer
23.4 The SSH Daemon (sshd)
23.5 SSH Authentication Mechanisms
23.6 Port Forwarding
23.7 Adding and Removing Public Keys on an Installed System
23.8 For More Information
24 Masquerading and Firewalls
24.1 Packet Filtering with iptables
24.2 Masquerading Basics
24.3 Firewalling Basics
24.4 firewalld
24.5 Migrating From SuSEfirewall2
24.6 For More Information
25 Configuring a VPN Server
25.1 Conceptual Overview
25.2 Setting Up a Simple Test Scenario
25.3 Setting Up Your VPN Server Using a Certificate Authority
25.4 Setting Up a VPN Server or Client Using YaST
25.5 For More Information
26 Enabling FIPS 140-2
26.1 Enabling FIPS
IV Confining Privileges with AppArmor
27 Introducing AppArmor
27.1 AppArmor Components
27.2 Background Information on AppArmor Profiling
28 Getting Started
28.1 Installing AppArmor
28.2 Enabling and Disabling AppArmor
28.3 Choosing Applications to Profile
28.4 Building and Modifying Profiles
28.5 Updating Your Profiles
29 Immunizing Programs
29.1 Introducing the AppArmor Framework
29.2 Determining Programs to Immunize
29.3 Immunizing cron Jobs
29.4 Immunizing Network Applications
30 Profile Components and Syntax
30.1 Breaking an AppArmor Profile into Its Parts
30.2 Profile Types
30.3 Include Statements
30.4 Capability Entries (POSIX.1e)
30.5 Network Access Control
30.6 Profile Names, Flags, Paths, and Globbing
30.7 File Permission Access Modes
30.8 Mount Rules
30.9 Pivot Root Rules
30.10 PTrace Rules
30.11 Signal Rules
30.12 Execute Modes
30.13 Resource Limit Control
30.14 Auditing Rules
31 AppArmor Profile Repositories
32 Building and Managing Profiles with YaST
32.1 Manually Adding a Profile
32.2 Editing Profiles
32.3 Deleting a Profile
32.4 Managing AppArmor
33 Building Profiles from the Command Line
33.1 Checking the AppArmor Status
33.2 Building AppArmor Profiles
33.3 Adding or Creating an AppArmor Profile
33.4 Editing an AppArmor Profile
33.5 Unloading Unknown AppArmor Profiles
33.6 Deleting an AppArmor Profile
33.7 Two Methods of Profiling
33.8 Important File Names and Directories
34 Profiling Your Web Applications Using ChangeHat
34.1 Configuring Apache for mod_apparmor
34.2 Managing ChangeHat-Aware Applications
35 Confining Users with pam_apparmor
36 Managing Profiled Applications
36.1 Reacting to Security Event Rejections
36.2 Maintaining Your Security Profiles
37 Support
37.1 Updating AppArmor Online
37.2 Using the Man Pages
37.3 For More Information
37.4 Troubleshooting
37.5 Reporting Bugs for AppArmor
38 AppArmor Glossary
V SELinux
39 Configuring SELinux
39.1 Why Use SELinux?
39.2 Installing SELinux Packages and Modifying GRUB 2
39.3 SELinux Policy
39.4 Configuring SELinux
39.5 Managing SELinux
39.6 Troubleshooting
VI The Linux Audit Framework
40 Understanding Linux Audit
40.1 Introducing the Components of Linux Audit
40.2 Configuring the Audit Daemon
40.3 Controlling the Audit System Using auditctl
40.4 Passing Parameters to the Audit System
40.5 Understanding the Audit Logs and Generating Reports
40.6 Querying the Audit Daemon Logs with ausearch
40.7 Analyzing Processes with autrace
40.8 Visualizing Audit Data
40.9 Relaying Audit Event Notifications
41 Setting Up the Linux Audit Framework
41.1 Determining the Components to Audit
41.2 Configuring the Audit Daemon
41.3 Enabling Audit for System Calls
41.4 Setting Up Audit Rules
41.5 Configuring Audit Reports
41.6 Configuring Log Visualization
42 Introducing an Audit Rule Set
42.1 Adding Basic Audit Configuration Parameters
42.2 Adding Watches on Audit Log Files and Configuration Files
42.3 Monitoring File System Objects
42.4 Monitoring Security Configuration Files and Databases
42.5 Monitoring Miscellaneous System Calls
42.6 Filtering System Call Arguments
42.7 Managing Audit Event Records Using Keys
43 Useful Resources
A Achieving PCI DSS Compliance
A.1 What Is the PCI DSS?
A.2 Focus of This Document: Areas Relevant to the Operating System
A.3 Requirements in Detail
B GNU Licenses
B.1 GNU Free Documentation License
List of Examples
3.1 PAM Configuration for sshd (/etc/pam.d/sshd)
3.2 Default Configuration for the auth Section (common-auth)
3.3 Default Configuration for the account Section (common-account)
3.4 Default Configuration for the password Section (common-password)
3.5 Default Configuration for the session Section (common-session)
3.6 pam_env.conf
6.1 Excerpt from CN=schema
6.2 Basic Instance Configuration File
6.3 A .dsrc File for Remote Administration
6.4 A .dsrc File for Local Administration
7.1 Example KDC Configuration, /etc/krb5.conf
24.1 Callback Port Configuration for the nfs Kernel Module in /etc/modprobe.d/60-nfs.conf
24.2 Commands to Define a new firewalld RPC Service for NFS
25.1 VPN Server Configuration File
25.2 VPN Client Configuration File
28.1 Output of aa-unconfined
33.1 Learning Mode Exception: Controlling Access to Specific Resources
33.2 Learning Mode Exception: Defining Permissions for an Entry
39.1 Verifying that SELinux is functional
39.2 Getting a List of Booleans and Verifying Policy Access
39.3 Getting File Context Information
39.4 The default context for directories in the root directory
39.5 Showing SELinux settings for processes with ps Zaux
39.6 Viewing Default File Contexts
39.7 Example Lines from /etc/audit/audit.log
39.8 Analyzing Audit Messages
39.9 Viewing Which Lines Deny Access
39.10 Creating a Policy Module Allowing an Action Previously Denied
40.1 Example output of auditctl -s
40.2 Example Audit Rules—Audit System Parameters
40.3 Example Audit Rules—File System Auditing
40.4 Example Audit Rules—System Call Auditing
40.5 Deleting Audit Rules and Events
40.6 Listing Rules with auditctl -l
40.7 A simple audit event—viewing the audit log
40.8 An Advanced Audit Event—Login via SSH
40.9 Example /etc/audisp/audispd.conf
40.10 Example /etc/audisp/plugins.d/syslog.conf

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