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This Enterprise Linux Security Administration highly technical training course focuses on properly securing machines running the Linux operating systems. A broad range of general security techniques such as packet filtering, password policies, and file integrity checking are covered. Advanced security technologies such as Kerberos and SELinux are taught. Special attention is given to securing commonly deployed network services. At the end of the course, students have an excellent understanding of the potential security vulnerabilities -- know how to audit existing machines, and how to securely deploy new network services.

 

Supported Distributions:

  •     Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  •     SUSE Linux Enterprise 12

Enterprise Linux Security Administration

Course Code

GTU14

Duration

5 Days

Course Fee

POA

Accreditation

N/A

Target Audience

  • This Enterprise Linux Security Administration training course covers advanced security topics and is intended for experienced systems administrators.

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Course Description

This Enterprise Linux Security Administration highly technical training course focuses on properly securing machines running the Linux operating systems. A broad range of general security techniques such as packet filtering, password policies, and file integrity checking are covered. Advanced security technologies such as Kerberos and SELinux are taught. Special attention is given to securing commonly deployed network services. At the end of the course, students have an excellent understanding of the potential security vulnerabilities -- know how to audit existing machines, and how to securely deploy new network services.

 

Supported Distributions:

  •     Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  •     SUSE Linux Enterprise 12
Course Outline

    1. Security Concepts

  1.         Basic Security Principles
  2.         RHEL7 Default Install
  3.         RHEL7 Firewall
  4.         SLES12 Default Install
  5.         SUSE Basic Firewall Configuration
  6.         SLES12: File Security
  7.         Minimization – Discovery
  8.         Service Discovery
  9.         Hardening
  10.         Security Concepts

    Lab Tasks

  1.         Removing Packages Using RPM
  2.         Firewall Configuration
  3.         Process Discovery
  4.         Operation of the setuid() and capset() System Calls
  5.         Operation of the chroot() System Call

    2. Scanning, Probing, and Mapping Vulnerabilities

  1.         The Security Environment
  2.         Stealth Reconnaissance
  3.         The WHOIS database
  4.         Interrogating DNS
  5.         Discovering Hosts
  6.         Discovering Reachable Services
  7.         Reconnaissance with SNMP
  8.         Discovery of RPC Services
  9.         Enumerating NFS Shares
  10.         Nessus/OpenVAS Insecurity Scanner
  11.         Configuring OpenVAS
  12.         Intrusion Detection Systems
  13.         Snort Rules
  14.         Writing Snort Rules

    Lab Tasks

  1.         NMAP
  2.         OpenVAS
  3.         Advanced nmap Options

    3. Password Security and PAM

  1.         Unix Passwords
  2.         Password Aging
  3.         Auditing Passwords
  4.         PAM Overview
  5.         PAM Module Types
  6.         PAM Order of Processing
  7.         PAM Control Statements
  8.         PAM Modules
  9.         pam_unix
  10.         pam_cracklib.so
  11.         pam_pwcheck.so
  12.         pam_env.so
  13.         pam_xauth.so
  14.         pam_tally2.so
  15.         pam_wheel.so
  16.         pam_limits.so
  17.         pam_nologin.so
  18.         pam_deny.so
  19.         pam_warn.so
  20.         pam_securetty.so
  21.         pam_time.so
  22.         pam_access.so
  23.         pam_listfile.so
  24.         pam_lastlog.so
  25.         pam_console.so

    Lab Tasks

  1.         John the Ripper
  2.         Cracklib
  3.         Using pam_listfile to Implement Arbitrary ACLs
  4.         Using pam_limits to Restrict Simultaneous Logins
  5.         Using pam_nologin to Restrict Logins
  6.         Using pam_access to Restrict Logins
  7.         su & pam

    4. Secure Network Time Protocol (NTP)

  1.         The Importance of Time
  2.         Hardware and System Clock
  3.         Time Measurements
  4.         NTP Terms and Definitions
  5.         Synchronization Methods
  6.         NTP Evolution
  7.         Time Server Hierarchy
  8.         Operational Modes
  9.         NTP Clients
  10.         Configuring NTP Clients
  11.         Configuring NTP Servers
  12.         Securing NTP
  13.         NTP Packet Integrity
  14.         Useful NTP Commands

    Lab Tasks

  1.         Configuring and Securing NTP
  2.         Peering NTP with Multiple Systems

    5. Kerberos Concepts and Components

  1.         Common Security Problems
  2.         Account Proliferation
  3.         The Kerberos Solution
  4.         Kerberos History
  5.         Kerberos Implementations
  6.         Kerberos Concepts
  7.         Kerberos Principals
  8.         Kerberos Safeguards
  9.         Kerberos Components
  10.         Authentication Process
  11.         Identification Types
  12.         Logging In
  13.         Gaining Privileges
  14.         Using Privileges
  15.         Kerberos Components and the KDC
  16.         Kerberized Services Review
  17.         KDC Server Daemons
  18.         Configuration Files
  19.         Utilities Overview

    6. Implementing Kerberos

  1.         Plan Topology and Implementation
  2.         Kerberos 5 Client Software
  3.         Kerberos 5 Server Software
  4.         Synchronize Clocks
  5.         Create Master KDC
  6.         Configuring the Master KDC
  7.         KDC Logging
  8.         Kerberos Realm Defaults
  9.         Specifying
  10.         Specifying
  11.         Allow Administrative Access
  12.         Create KDC Databases
  13.         Create Administrators
  14.         Install Keys for Services
  15.         Start Services
  16.         Add Host Principals
  17.         Add Common Service Principals
  18.         Configure Slave KDCs
  19.         Create Principals for Slaves
  20.         Define Slaves as KDCs
  21.         Copy Configuration to Slaves
  22.         Install Principals on Slaves
  23.         Synchronization of Database
  24.         Propagate Data to Slaves
  25.         Create Stash on Slaves
  26.         Start Slave Daemons
  27.         Client Configuration
  28.         Install krb5.conf on Clients
  29.         Client PAM Configuration
  30.         Install Client Host Keys

    Lab Tasks

  1.         Implementing Kerberos

    7. Administering and Using Kerberos

  1.         Administrative Tasks
  2.         Key Tables
  3.         Managing Keytabs
  4.         Managing Principals
  5.         Viewing Principals
  6.         Adding, Deleting, and Modifying Principals
  7.         Principal Policy
  8.         Overall Goals for Users
  9.         Signing In to Kerberos
  10.         Ticket types
  11.         Viewing Tickets
  12.         Removing Tickets
  13.         Passwords
  14.         Changing Passwords
  15.         Giving Others Access
  16.         Using Kerberized Services
  17.         Kerberized FTP
  18.         Enabling Kerberized Services
  19.         OpenSSH and Kerberos

    Lab Tasks

  1.         Using Kerberized Clients
  2.         Forwarding Kerberos Tickets
  3.         OpenSSH with Kerberos
  4.         Wireshark and Kerberos

    8. Securing the Filesystem

  1.         Filesystem Mount Options
  2.         NFS Properties
  3.         NFS Export Option
  4.         NFSv4 and GSSAPI Auth
  5.         Implementing NFSv4
  6.         Implementing Kerberos with NFS
  7.         GPG – GNU Privacy Guard
  8.         File Encryption with OpenSSL
  9.         File Encryption With encfs
  10.         Linux Unified Key Setup (LUKS)

    Lab Tasks

  1.         Securing Filesystems
  2.         Securing NFS
  3.         Implementing NFSv4
  4.         File Encryption with GPG
  5.         File Encryption With OpenSSL
  6.         LUKS-on-disk format Encrypted Filesystem

    9. AIDE

  1.         Host Intrusion Detection Systems
  2.         Using RPM as a HIDS
  3.         Introduction to AIDE
  4.         AIDE Installation
  5.         AIDE Policies
  6.         AIDE Usage

    Lab Tasks

  1.         File Integrity Checking with RPM
  2.         File Integrity Checking with AIDE

    10. Accountability with Kernel Auditd

  1.         Accountability and Auditing
  2.         Simple Session Auditing
  3.         Simple Process Accounting & Command History
  4.         Kernel-Level Auditing
  5.         Configuring the Audit Daemon
  6.         Controlling Kernel Audit System
  7.         Creating Audit Rules
  8.         Searching Audit Logs
  9.         Generating Audit Log Reports
  10.         Audit Log Analysis

    Lab Tasks

  1.         Auditing Login/Logout
  2.         Auditing File Access
  3.         Auditing Command Execution

    11. SELinux

  1.         DAC vs. MAC
  2.         Shortcomings of Traditional Unix Security
  3.         AppArmor
  4.         SELinux Goals
  5.         SELinux Evolution
  6.         SELinux Modes
  7.         Gathering SELinux Information
  8.         SELinux Virtual Filesystem
  9.         SELinux Contexts
  10.         Managing Contexts
  11.         The SELinux Policy
  12.         Choosing an SELinux Policy
  13.         Policy Layout
  14.         Tuning and Adapting Policy
  15.         Booleans
  16.         Permissive Domains
  17.         Managing File Context Database
  18.         Managing Port Contexts
  19.         SELinux Policy Tools
  20.         Examining Policy
  21.         SELinux Troubleshooting
  22.         SELinux Troubleshooting Continued

    Lab Tasks

  1.         Exploring SELinux Modes
  2.         Exploring AppArmor Modes
  3.         SELinux Contexts in Action
  4.         Exploring AppArmor
  5.         Managing SELinux Booleans
  6.         Creating Policy with Audit2allow
  7.         Creating & Compiling Policy from Source

    12. Securing Apache

  1.         Apache Overview
  2.         httpd.conf – Server Settings
  3.         Configuring CGI
  4.         Turning Off Unneeded Modules
  5.         Delegating Administration
  6.         Apache Access Controls (mod_access)
  7.         HTTP User Authentication
  8.         Standard Auth Modules
  9.         HTTP Digest Authentication
  10.         TLS Using mod_ssl.so
  11.         Authentication via SQL
  12.         Authentication via LDAP
  13.         Authentication via Kerberos
  14.         Scrubbing HTTP Headers
  15.         Metering HTTP Bandwidth

    Lab Tasks

  1.         Hardening Apache by Minimizing Loaded Modules
  2.         Scrubbing Apache & PHP Version Headers
  3.         Protecting Web Content
  4.         Protecting Web Content
  5.         Using the suexec Mechanism
  6.         Create a TLS CA key pair
  7.         Using SSL CA Certificates with Apache
  8.         Enable Apache SSL Client Certificate Authentication
  9.         Enabling SSO in Apache with mod_auth_kerb

    13. Securing PostgreSQL

  1.         PostgreSQL Overview
  2.         PostgreSQL Default Config
  3.         Configuring TLS
  4.         Client Authentication Basics
  5.         Advanced Authentication
  6.         Ident-based Authentication

    Lab Tasks

  1.         Configure PostgreSQL
  2.         PostgreSQL with TLS
  3.         PostgreSQL with Kerberos Authentication
  4.         Securing PostgreSQL with Web Based Applications

    A. Securing Email Systems

  1.         SMTP Implementations
  2.         Security Considerations
  3.         chrooting Postfix
  4.         Email with GSSAPI/Kerberos Auth

    Lab Tasks

  1.         Postfix In a Change Root Environment
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