[Lynis] Security and system auditing tool to harden Linux systems

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Lynis is an auditing tool for Unix/Linux (specialists). It scans the system and available software and performs many individual security checks. It determines the hardening state of the machine and detects security issues. Beside security related information it will also scan for general system information, installed packages and possible configuration errors.

This software aims in assisting automated auditing, hardening, software patch management, vulnerability and malware scanning of Unix/Linux based systems. It can be run without prior installation, so inclusion on read only storage is possible (USB stick, cd/dvd).

Lynis assists auditors in performing Basel II, GLBA, HIPAA, PCI DSS and SOx (Sarbanes-Oxley) compliance audits.

Intended audience:Security specialists, penetration testers, system auditors, system/network managers.Examples of audit tests:- Available authentication methods- Expired SSL certificates- Outdated software- User accounts without password- Incorrect file permissions- Configuration errors- Firewall auditing

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