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Top Android Projects with Source Code

Android Projects with Source Code – Your entry pass into the world of Android

Hello Everyone, welcome to this article, which is going to be really important to all those who’re in dilemma for their projects and the project submissions. This article is also going to help you if you’re an enthusiast looking forward to explore and enhance your Android skills. The reason is that we’re here to provide you the best ideas of Android Project with source code that you can choose as per your choice.

These project ideas are simple suggestions to help you deal with the difficulty of choosing the correct projects. In this article, we’ll see the project ideas from beginners level and later we’ll move on to intermediate to advance.

top android projects with source code

Android Projects with Source Code

Before working on real-time projects, it is recommended to create a sample hello world project in android studio and get a flavor of project creation as well as execution: Create your first android project

Android Projects for beginners

1. Calculator

build a simple calculator app in android studio source code

Android Project: A calculator will be an easy application if you have just learned Android and coding for Java. This Application will simply take the input values and the operation to be performed from the users. After taking the input it’ll return the results to them on the screen. This is a really easy application and doesn’t need use of any particular package.

To make a calculator you’d need Android IDE, Kotlin/Java for coding, and for layout of your application, you’d need XML or JSON. For this, coding would be the same as that in any language, but in the form of an application. Not to forget creating a calculator initially will increase your logical thinking.

Once the user installs the calculator, they’re ready to use it even without the internet. They’ll enter the values, and the application will show them the value after performing the given operations on the entered operands.

Source Code: Simple Calculator Project

2. A Reminder App

Android Project: This is a good project for beginners. A Reminder App can help you set reminders for different events that you have throughout the day. It’ll help you stay updated with all your tasks for the day. It can be useful for all those who are not so good at organizing their plans and forget easily. This would be a simple application just whose task would be just to remind you of something at a particular time.

To make a Reminder App you need to code in Kotlin/Java and design the layout using XML or JSON. For the functionality of the app, you’d need to make use of AlarmManager Class and Notifications in Android.

In this, the user would be able to set reminders and time in the application. Users can schedule reminders that would remind them to drink water again and again throughout the day. Or to remind them of their medications.

3. Quiz Application

Android Project: Another beginner’s level project Idea can be a Quiz Application in android. Here you can provide the users with Quiz on various general knowledge topics. These practices will ensure that you’re able to set the layouts properly and slowly increase your pace of learning the Android application development. In this you’ll learn to use various Layout components at the same time understanding them better.

To make a quiz application you’ll need to code in Java and set layouts using xml or java whichever you prefer. You can also use JSON for the layouts whichever preferable.

In the app, questions would be asked and answers would be shown as multiple choices. The user selects the answer and gets shown on the screen if the answers are correct. In the end the final marks would be shown to the users.

4. Simple Tic-Tac-Toe

android project tic tac toe game app

Android Project: Tic-Tac-Toe is a nice game, I guess most of you all are well aware of it. This will be a game for two players. In this android game, users would be putting X and O in the given 9 parts of a box one by one. The first player to arrange X or O in an adjacent line of three wins.

To build this game, you’d need Java and XML for Android Studio. And simply apply the logic on that. This game will have a set of three matches. So, it’ll also have a scoreboard. This scoreboard will show the final result at the end of one complete set.

Upon entering the game they’ll enter their names. And that’s when the game begins. They’ll touch one of the empty boxes present there and get their turn one by one. At the end of the game, there would be a winner declared.

Source Code: Tic Tac Toe Game Project

5. Stopwatch

Android Project: A stopwatch is another simple android project idea that will work the same as a normal handheld timepiece that measures the time elapsed between its activation and deactivation. This application will have three buttons that are: start, stop, and hold.

This application would need to use Java and XML. For this application, we need to set the timer properly as it is initially set to milliseconds, and that should be converted to minutes and then hours properly. The users can use this application and all they’d need to do is, start the stopwatch and then stop it when they are done. They can also pause the timer and continue it again when they like.

6. To Do App

Android Project: This is another very simple project idea for you as a beginner. This application as the name suggests will be a To-Do list holding app. It’ll store the users schedules and their upcoming meetings or events. In this application, users will be enabled to write their important notes as well. To make it safe, provide a login page before the user can access it.

So, this app will have a login page, sign-up page, logout system, and the area to write their tasks, events, or important notes. You can build it in android studio using Java and XML at ease. Using XML you can build the user interface as user-friendly as you can. And to store the users’ data, you can use SQLite enabling the users to even delete the data permanently.

Now for users, they will sign up and get access to the write section. Here the users can note down the things and store them permanently. Users can also alter the data or delete them. Finally, they can logout and also, login again and again whenever they like.

7. Roman to decimal converter

Android Project: This app is aimed at the conversion of Roman numbers to their significant decimal number. It’ll help to check the meaning of the roman numbers. Moreover, it will be easy to develop and will help you get your hands on coding and Android.

You need to use Android Studio, Java for coding and XML for interface. The application will take input from the users and convert them to decimal. Once it converts the Roman no. into decimal, it will show the results on the screen.

The users are supposed to just enter the Roman Number and they’ll get the decimal values on the screen. This can be a good android project for final year students.

8. Virtual Dice Roller

Android Project: Well, coming to this part that is Virtual Dice or a random no. generator. It is another simple but interesting app for computer science students. The only task that it would need to do would be to generate a number randomly. This can help people who’re often confused between two or more things.

Using a simple random number generator you can actually create something as good as this. All you’d need to do is get you hands-on OnClick listeners. And a good layout would be cherry on the cake.

The user’s task would be to set the range of the numbers and then click on the roll button. And the app will show them a randomly generated number. Isn’t it interesting ? Try soon!

9. A Scientific Calculator App

Android Project: This application is very important for you as a beginner as it will let you use your logical thinking and improve your programming skills. This is a scientific calculator that will help the users to do various calculations at ease.

To make this application you’d need to use Android Studio. Here you’d need to use arithmetic logics for the calculations. The user would need to give input to the application that will be in terms of numbers. After that, the user will give the operator as an input. Then the Application will calculate and generate the result on the user screen.

10. SMS App

Android Project: An SMS app is another easy but effective idea. It will let you send the SMS to various no. just in the same way as you use the default messaging application in your phone. This project will help you with better understanding of SMSManager in Android.

For this application, you would need to implement Java class SMSManager in Android. For the Layout you can use XML or JSON. Implementing SMSManager into the app is an easy task, so you would love this.

The user would be provided with the facility to text to whichever number they wish also, they’d be able to choose the numbers from the contact list. Another thing would be the Textbox, where they’ll enter their message. Once the message is entered they can happily click on the send button.

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How To Secure A Linux Server

An evolving how-to guide for securing a Linux server that, hopefully, also teaches you a little about security and why it matters.


Guide Objective

This guides purpose is to teach you how to secure a Linux server.

There are a lot of things you can do to secure a Linux server and this guide will attempt to cover as many of them as possible. More topics/material will be added as I learn, or as folks contribute.

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Why Secure Your Server

I assume you're using this guide because you, hopefully, already understand why good security is important. That is a heavy topic onto itself and breaking it down is out-of-scope for this guide. If you don't know the answer to that question, I advise you research it first.

At a high level, the second a device, like a server, is in the public domain -- i.e visible to the outside world -- it becomes a target for bad-actors. An unsecured device is a playground for bad-actors who want access to your data, or to use your server as another node for their large-scale DDOS attacks.

What's worse is, without good security, you may never know if your server has been compromised. A bad-actor may have gained unauthorized access to your server and copied your data without changing anything so you'd never know. Or your server may have been part of a DDOS attack and you wouldn't know. Look at many of the large scale data breaches in the news -- the companies often did not discover the data leak or intrusion until long after the bad-actors were gone.

Contrary to popular belief, bad-actors don't always want to change something or lock you out of your data for money. Sometimes they just want the data on your server for their data warehouses (there is big money in big data) or to covertly use your server for their nefarious purposes.

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Why Yet Another Guide

This guide may appear duplicative/unnecessary because there are countless articles online that tell you how to secure Linux, but the information is spread across different articles, that cover different things, and in different ways. Who has time to scour through hundreds of articles?

As I was going through research for my Debian build, I kept notes. At the end I realized that, along with what I already knew, and what I was learning, I had the makings of a how-to guide. I figured I'd put it online to hopefully help others learn, and save time.

I've never found one guide that covers everything -- this guide is my attempt.

Many of the things covered in this guide may be rather basic/trivial, but most of us do not install Linux every day and it is easy to forget those basic things.

IT automation tools like Ansible, Chef, Jenkins, Puppet, etc. help with the tedious task of installing/configuring a server but IMHO they are better suited for multiple or large scale deployments. IMHO, the overhead required to use those kinds of automation tools is wholly unnecessary for a one-time single server install for home use.

Other Guides

There are many guides provided by experts, industry leaders, and the distributions themselves. It is not practical, and sometimes against copyright, to include everything from those guides. I recommend you check them out before starting with this guide.

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To Do / To Add

Guide Overview

About This Guide

This guide...

  • a work in progress.
  • focused on at-home Linux servers. All of the concepts/recommendations here apply to larger/professional environments but those use-cases call for more advanced and specialized configurations that are out-of-scope for this guide.
  • ...does not teach you about Linux, how to install Linux, or how to use it. Check if you're new to Linux.
  • meant to be Linux distribution agnostic.
  • ...does not teach you everything you need to know about security nor does it get into all aspects of system/server security. For example, physical security is out of scope for this guide.
  • ...does not talk about how programs/tools work, nor does it delve into their nook and crannies. Most of the programs/tools this guide references are very powerful and highly configurable. The goal is to cover the bare necessities -- enough to whet your appetite and make you hungry enough to want to go and learn more.
  • ...aims to make it easy by providing code you can copy-and-paste. You might need to modify the commands before you paste so keep your favorite text editor handy.
  • organized in an order that makes logical sense to me -- i.e. securing SSH before installing a firewall. As such, this guide is intended to be followed in the order it is presented but it is not necessary to do so. Just be careful if you do things in a different order -- some sections require previous sections to be completed.

My Use-Case

There are many types of servers and different use-cases. While I want this guide to be as generic as possible, there will be some things that may not apply to all/other use-cases. Use your best judgement when going through this guide.

To help put context to many of the topics covered in this guide, my use-case/configuration is:

  • A desktop class computer...
  • With a single NIC...
  • Connected to a consumer grade router...
  • Getting a dynamic WAN IP provided by the ISP...
  • With WAN+LAN on IPV4...
  • And LAN using NAT...
  • That I want to be able to SSH to remotely from unknown computers and unknown locations (i.e. a friend's house).

Editing Configuration Files - For The Lazy

I am very lazy and do not like to edit files by hand if I don't need to. I also assume everyone else is just like me. :)

So, when and where possible, I have provided code snippets to quickly do what is needed, like add or change a line in a configuration file.

The code snippets use basic commands like echo, cat, sed, awk, and grep. How the code snippets work, like what each command/part does, is out of scope for this guide -- the man pages are your friend.

Note: The code snippets do not validate/verify the change went through -- i.e. the line was actually added or changed. I'll leave the verifying part in your capable hands. The steps in this guide do include taking backups of all files that will be changed.

Not all changes can be automated with code snippets. Those changes need good, old fashioned, manual editing. For example, you can't just append a line to an INI type file. Use your favorite Linux text editor.


I wanted to put this guide on GitHub to make it easy to collaborate. The more folks that contribute, the better and more complete this guide will become.

To contribute you can fork and submit a pull request or submit a new issue.

Before You Start

Identify Your Principles

Before you start you will want to identify what your Principles are. What is your threat model? Some things to think about:

  • Why do you want to secure your server?
  • How much security do you want or not want?
  • How much convenience are you willing to compromise for security and vice-versa?
  • What are the threats you want to protect against? What are the specifics to your situation? For example:
    • Is physical access to your server/network a possible attack vector?
    • Will you be opening ports on your router so you can access your server from outside your home?
    • Will you be hosting a file share on your server that will be mounted on a desktop class machine? What is the possibility of the desktop machine getting infected and, in turn, infecting the server?
  • Do you have a means of recovering if your security implementation locks you out of your own server? For example, you disabled root login or password protected GRUB.

These are just a few things to think about. Before you start securing your server you will want to understand what you're trying to protect against and why so you know what you need to do.

Picking A Linux Distribution

This guide is intended to be distribution agnostic so users can use any distribution they want. With that said, there are a few things to keep in mind:

You want a distribution that...

  • stable. Unless you like debugging issues at 2 AM, you don't want an unattended upgrade, or a manual package/system update, to render your server inoperable. But this also means you're okay with not running the latest, greatest, bleeding edge software.
  • ...stays up-to-date with security patches. You can secure everything on your server, but if the core OS or applications you're running have known vulnerabilities, you'll never be safe.
  •'re familiar with. If you don't know Linux, I would advise you play around with one before you try to secure it. You should be comfortable with it and know your way around, like how to install software, where configuration files are, etc...
  • well supported. Even the most seasoned admin needs help every now and then. Having a place to go for help will save your sanity.

Installing Linux

Installing Linux is out-of-scope for this guide because each distribution does it differently and the installation instructions are usually well documented. If you need help, start with your distribution's documentation. Regardless of the distribution, the high-level process usually goes like so:

  1. download the ISO
  2. burn/copy/transfer it to your install medium (e.g. a CD or USB stick)
  3. boot your server from your install medium
  4. follow the prompts to install

Where applicable, use the expert install option so you have tighter control of what is running on your server. Only install what you absolutely need. I, personally, do not install anything other than SSH. Also, tick the Disk Encryption option.

Pre/Post Installation Requirements

  • If you're opening ports on your router so you can access your server from the outside, disable the port forwarding until your system is up and secured.
  • Unless you're doing everything physically connected to your server, you'll need remote access so be sure SSH works.
  • Keep your system up-to-date (i.e. sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade on Debian based systems).
  • Make sure you perform any tasks specific to your setup like:
    • Configuring network
    • Configuring mount points in /etc/fstab
    • Creating the initial user accounts
    • Installing core software you'll want like man
    • Etc...
  • Your server will need to be able to send e-mails so you can get important security alerts. If you're not setting up a mail server check Gmail and Exim4 As MTA With Implicit TLS.
  • I would also recommend you go through the CIS Benchmarks before you start with this guide.

Other Important Notes

  • This guide is being written and tested on Debian. Most things below should work on other distributions. If you find something that does not, please contact me. The main thing that separates each distribution will be its package management system. Since I use Debian, I will provide the appropriate apt commands that should work on all Debian based distributions. If someone is willing to provide the respective commands for other distributions, I will add them.
  • File paths and settings also may differ slightly -- check with your distribution's documentation if you have issues.
  • Read the whole guide before you start. Your use-case and/or principals may call for not doing something or for changing the order.
  • Do not blindly copy-and-paste without understanding what you're pasting. Some commands will need to be modified for your needs before they'll work -- usernames for example.

The SSH Server

Important Note Before You Make SSH Changes

It is highly advised you keep a 2nd terminal open to your server before you make and apply SSH configuration changes. This way if you lock yourself out of your 1st terminal session, you still have one session connected so you can fix it.

Thank you to Sonnenbrand for this idea.

SSH Public/Private Keys


Using SSH public/private keys is more secure than using a password. It also makes it easier and faster, to connect to our server because you don't have to enter a password.

How It Works

Check the references below for more details but, at a high level, public/private keys work by using a pair of keys to verify identity.

  1. One key, the public key, can only encrypt data, not decrypt it
  2. The other key, the private key, can decrypt the data

For SSH, a public and private key is created on the client. You want to keep both keys secure, especially the private key. Even though the public key is meant to be public, it is wise to make sure neither keys fall in the wrong hands.

When you connect to an SSH server, SSH will look for a public key that matches the client you're connecting from in the file ~/.ssh/authorized_keys on the server you're connecting to. Notice the file is in the home folder of the ID you're trying to connect to. So, after creating the public key, you need to append it to ~/.ssh/authorized_keys. One approach is to copy it to a USB stick and physically transfer it to the server. Another approach is to use use ssh-copy-id to transfer and append the public key.

After the keys have been created and the public key has been appended to ~/.ssh/authorized_keys on the host, SSH uses the public and private keys to verify identity and then establish a secure connection. How identity is verified is a complicated process but Digital Ocean has a very nice write-up of how it works. At a high level, identity is verified by the server encrypting a challenge message with the public key, then sending it to the client. If the client cannot decrypt the challenge message with the private key, the identity can't be verified and a connection will not be established.

They are considered more secure because you need the private key to establish an SSH connection. If you set PasswordAuthentication no in /etc/ssh/sshd_config, then SSH won't let you connect without the private key.

You can also set a pass-phrase for the keys which would require you to enter the key pass-phrase when connecting using public/private keys. Keep in mind doing this means you can't use the key for automation because you'll have no way to send the passphrase in your scripts. ssh-agent is a program that is shipped in many Linux distros (and usually already running) that will allow you to hold your unencrypted private key in memory for a configurable duration. Simply run ssh-add and it will prompt you for your passphrase. You will not be prompted for your passphrase again until the configurable duration has passed.

We will be using Ed25519 keys which, according to

It is using an elliptic curve signature scheme, which offers better security than ECDSA and DSA. At the same time, it also has good performance.


  • Ed25519 public/private SSH keys:
    • private key on your client
    • public key on your server


  • You'll need to do this step for every computer and account you'll be connecting to your server from/as.



From the computer you're going to use to connect to your server, the client, not the server itself, create an Ed25519 key with ssh-keygen:

ssh-keygen -t ed25519
Generating public/private ed25519 key pair.
Enter file in which to save the key (/home/user/.ssh/id_ed25519):
Created directory '/home/user/.ssh'.
Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase):
Enter same passphrase again:
Your identification has been saved in /home/user/.ssh/id_ed25519.
Your public key has been saved in /home/user/.ssh/
The key fingerprint is:
SHA256:F44D4dr2zoHqgj0i2iVIHQ32uk/Lx4P+raayEAQjlcs user@client
The key's randomart image is:
+--[ED25519 256]--+
|xxxx  x          |
|o.o +. .         |
| o o oo   .      |
|. E oo . o .     |
| o o. o S o      |
|... .. o o       |
|.+....+ o        |
|+.=++o.B..       |
|+..=**=o=.       |

Note: If you set a passphrase, you'll need to enter it every time you connect to your server using this key, unless you're using ssh-agent.

Now you need to append the public key ~/.ssh/ from your client to the ~/.ssh/authorized_keys file on your server. Since we're presumable still at home on the LAN, we're probably safe from MIM attacks, so we will use ssh-copy-id to transfer and append the public key:

ssh-copy-id user@server
/usr/bin/ssh-copy-id: INFO: Source of key(s) to be installed: "/home/user/.ssh/"
The authenticity of host 'host (' can't be established.
ECDSA key fingerprint is SHA256:QaDQb/X0XyVlogh87sDXE7MR8YIK7ko4wS5hXjRySJE.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
/usr/bin/ssh-copy-id: INFO: attempting to log in with the new key(s), to filter out any that are already installed
/usr/bin/ssh-copy-id: INFO: 1 key(s) remain to be installed -- if you are prompted now it is to install the new keys
user@host's password:

Number of key(s) added: 1

Now try logging into the machine, with:   "ssh 'user@host'"
and check to make sure that only the key(s) you wanted were added.

Now would be a good time to perform any tasks specific to your setup.

Create SSH Group For AllowGroups


To make it easy to control who can SSH to the server. By using a group, we can quickly add/remove accounts to the group to quickly allow or not allow SSH access to the server.

How It Works

We will use the AllowGroups option in SSH's configuration file /etc/ssh/sshd_config to tell the SSH server to only allow users to SSH in if they are a member of a certain UNIX group. Anyone not in the group will not be able to SSH in.




  • man groupadd
  • man usermod


Create a group:

sudo groupadd sshusers

Add account(s) to the group:

sudo usermod -a -G sshusers user1
sudo usermod -a -G sshusers user2
sudo usermod -a -G sshusers ...

You'll need to do this for every account on your server that needs SSH access.

Secure /etc/ssh/sshd_config


SSH is a door into your server. This is especially true if you are opening ports on your router so you can SSH to your server from outside your home network. If it is not secured properly, a bad-actor could use it to gain unauthorized access to your system.

How It Works

/etc/ssh/sshd_config is the default configuration file that the SSH server uses. We will use this file to tell what options the SSH server should use.


  • a secure SSH configuration




Make a backup of OpenSSH server's configuration file /etc/ssh/sshd_config and remove comments to make it easier to read:

sudo cp --archive /etc/ssh/sshd_config /etc/ssh/sshd_config-COPY-$(date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S")
sudo sed -i -r -e '/^#|^$/ d' /etc/ssh/sshd_config

Edit /etc/ssh/sshd_config then find and edit or add these settings that should be applied regardless of your configuration/setup:

Note: SSH does not like duplicate contradicting settings. For example, if you have ChallengeResponseAuthentication no and then ChallengeResponseAuthentication yes, SSH will respect the first one and ignore the second. Your /etc/ssh/sshd_config file may already have some of the settings/lines below. To avoid issues you will need to manually go through your /etc/ssh/sshd_config file and address any duplicate contradicting settings.

# start settings from as of 2019-01-01

# Supported HostKey algorithms by order of preference.
HostKey /etc/ssh/ssh_host_ed25519_key
HostKey /etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key
HostKey /etc/ssh/ssh_host_ecdsa_key




# LogLevel VERBOSE logs user's key fingerprint on login. Needed to have a clear audit track of which key was using to log in.

# Use kernel sandbox mechanisms where possible in unprivileged processes
# Systrace on OpenBSD, Seccomp on Linux, seatbelt on MacOSX/Darwin, rlimit elsewhere.
# Note: This setting is deprecated in OpenSSH 7.5 (
# UsePrivilegeSeparation sandbox

# end settings from as of 2019-01-01

# don't let users set environment variables
PermitUserEnvironment no

# Log sftp level file access (read/write/etc.) that would not be easily logged otherwise.
Subsystem sftp  internal-sftp -f AUTHPRIV -l INFO

# only use the newer, more secure protocol
Protocol 2

# disable X11 forwarding as X11 is very insecure
# you really shouldn't be running X on a server anyway
X11Forwarding no

# disable port forwarding
AllowTcpForwarding no
AllowStreamLocalForwarding no
GatewayPorts no
PermitTunnel no

# don't allow login if the account has an empty password
PermitEmptyPasswords no

# ignore .rhosts and .shosts
IgnoreRhosts yes

# verify hostname matches IP
UseDNS yes

Compression no
TCPKeepAlive no
AllowAgentForwarding no
PermitRootLogin no

# don't allow .rhosts or /etc/hosts.equiv
HostbasedAuthentication no

Then find and edit or add these settings, and set values as per your requirements:

SettingValid ValuesExampleDescriptionNotes
AllowGroupslocal UNIX group nameAllowGroups sshusersgroup to allow SSH access to 
ClientAliveCountMaxnumberClientAliveCountMax 0maximum number of client alive messages sent without response 
ClientAliveIntervalnumber of secondsClientAliveInterval 300timeout in seconds before a response request 
ListenAddressspace separated list of local addresses
  • ListenAddress
  • ListenAddress
local addresses sshd should listen onSee Issue #1 for important details.
LoginGraceTimenumber of secondsLoginGraceTime 30time in seconds before login times-out 
MaxAuthTriesnumberMaxAuthTries 2maximum allowed attempts to login 
MaxSessionsnumberMaxSessions 2maximum number of open sessions 
MaxStartupsnumberMaxStartups 2maximum number of login sessions 
PasswordAuthenticationyes or noPasswordAuthentication noif login with a password is allowed 
Portany open/available port numberPort 22port that sshd should listen on 

Check man sshd_config for more details what these settings mean.

Make sure there are no duplicate settings that contradict each other. The below command should not have any output.

awk 'NF && $1!~/^(#|HostKey)/{print $1}' /etc/ssh/sshd_config | sort | uniq -c | grep -v ' 1 '

Restart ssh:

sudo service sshd restart

You can check verify the configurations worked with sshd -T and verify the output:

sudo sshd -T
port 22
addressfamily any
listenaddress [::]:22
usepam yes
logingracetime 30
x11displayoffset 10
maxauthtries 2
maxsessions 2
clientaliveinterval 300
clientalivecountmax 0
streamlocalbindmask 0177
permitrootlogin no
ignorerhosts yes
ignoreuserknownhosts no
hostbasedauthentication no
subsystem sftp internal-sftp -f AUTHPRIV -l INFO
maxstartups 2:30:2
permittunnel no
ipqos lowdelay throughput
rekeylimit 0 0
permitopen any

Remove Short Diffie-Hellman Keys


Per Mozilla's OpenSSH guidelines for OpenSSH 6.7+, "all Diffie-Hellman moduli in use should be at least 3072-bit-long".

The Diffie-Hellman algorithm is used by SSH to establish a secure connection. The larger the moduli (key size) the stronger the encryption.


  • remove all Diffie-Hellman keys that are less than 3072 bits long



Make a backup of SSH's moduli file /etc/ssh/moduli:

sudo cp --archive /etc/ssh/moduli /etc/ssh/moduli-COPY-$(date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S")

Remove short moduli:

sudo awk '$5 >= 3071' /etc/ssh/moduli | sudo tee /etc/ssh/moduli.tmp
sudo mv /etc/ssh/moduli.tmp /etc/ssh/moduli



Even though SSH is a pretty good security guard for your doors and windows, it is still a visible door that bad-actors can see and try to brute-force in. Fail2ban will monitor for these brute-force attempts but there is no such thing as being too secure. Requiring two factors adds an extra layer of security.

Using Two Factor Authentication (2FA) / Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) requires anyone entering to have two keys to enter which makes it harder for bad actors. The two keys are:

  1. Their password
  2. A 6 digit token that changes every 30 seconds

Without both keys, they won't be able to get in.

Why Not

Many folks might find the experience cumbersome or annoying. And, access to your system is dependent on the accompanying authenticator app that generates the code.

How It Works

On Linux, PAM is responsible for authentication. There are four tasks to PAM that you can read about at This section talks about the authentication task.

When you log into a server, be it directly from the console or via SSH, the door you came through will send the request to the authentication task of PAM and PAM will ask for and verify your password. You can customize the rules each doors use. For example, you could have one set of rules when logging in directly from the console and another set of rules for when logging in via SSH.

This section will alter the authentication rules for when logging in via SSH to require both a password and a 6 digit code.

We will use Google's libpam-google-authenticator PAM module to create and verify a TOTP key. and have very good writeups of how TOTP works.

What we will do is tell the server's SSH PAM configuration to ask the user for their password and then their numeric token. PAM will then verify the user's password and, if it is correct, then it will route the authentication request to libpam-google-authenticator which will ask for and verify your 6 digit token. If, and only if, everything is good will the authentication succeed and user be allowed to log in.


  • 2FA/MFA enabled for all SSH connections


  • Before you do this, you should have an idea of how 2FA/MFA works and you'll need an authenticator app on your phone to continue.
  • We'll use google-authenticator-libpam.
  • With the below configuration, a user will only need to enter their 2FA/MFA code if they are logging on with their password but not if they are using SSH public/private keys. Check the documentation on how to change this behavior to suite your requirements.



Install it libpam-google-authenticator.

On Debian based systems:

sudo apt install libpam-google-authenticator

Make sure you're logged in as the ID you want to enable 2FA/MFA for and execute google-authenticator to create the necessary token data:

Do you want authentication tokens to be time-based (y/n) y|0&cht=qr&chl=otpauth://totp/user@host%3Fsecret%3DR4ZWX34FQKZROVX7AGLJ64684Y%26issuer%3Dhost


Your new secret key is: R3NVX3FFQKZROVX7AGLJUGGESY
Your verification code is 751419
Your emergency scratch codes are:

Do you want me to update your "/home/user/.google_authenticator" file (y/n) y

Do you want to disallow multiple uses of the same authentication
token? This restricts you to one login about every 30s, but it increases
your chances to notice or even prevent man-in-the-middle attacks (y/n) Do you want to disallow multiple uses of the same authentication
token? This restricts you to one login about every 30s, but it increases
your chances to notice or even prevent man-in-the-middle attacks (y/n) y

By default, tokens are good for 30 seconds. In order to compensate for
possible time-skew between the client and the server, we allow an extra
token before and after the current time. If you experience problems with
poor time synchronization, you can increase the window from its default
size of +-1min (window size of 3) to about +-4min (window size of
17 acceptable tokens).
Do you want to do so? (y/n) y

If the computer that you are logging into isn't hardened against brute-force
login attempts, you can enable rate-limiting for the authentication module.
By default, this limits attackers to no more than 3 login attempts every 30s.
Do you want to enable rate-limiting (y/n) y

Notice this is not run as root.

Select default option (y in most cases) for all the questions it asks and remember to save the emergency scratch codes.

Make a backup of PAM's SSH configuration file /etc/pam.d/sshd:

sudo cp --archive /etc/pam.d/sshd /etc/pam.d/sshd-COPY-$(date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S")

Now we need to enable it as an authentication method for SSH by adding this line to /etc/pam.d/sshd:

auth       required nullok

Note: Check here for what nullok means.

For the lazy:

echo -e "\nauth       required nullok         # added by $(whoami) on $(date +"%Y-%m-%d @ %H:%M:%S")" | sudo tee -a /etc/pam.d/sshd

Tell SSH to leverage it by adding or editing this line in /etc/ssh/sshd_config:

ChallengeResponseAuthentication yes

For the lazy:

sudo sed -i -r -e "s/^(challengeresponseauthentication .*)$/# \1         # commented by $(whoami) on $(date +"%Y-%m-%d @ %H:%M:%S")/I" /etc/ssh/sshd_config
echo -e "\nChallengeResponseAuthentication yes         # added by $(whoami) on $(date +"%Y-%m-%d @ %H:%M:%S")" | sudo tee -a /etc/ssh/sshd_config

Restart ssh:

sudo service sshd restart

The Basics

Limit Who Can Use sudo


sudo lets accounts run commands as other accounts, including root. We want to make sure that only the accounts we want can use sudo.


  • sudo privileges limited to those who are in a group we specify



Create a group:

sudo groupadd sudousers

Add account(s) to the group:

sudo usermod -a -G sudousers user1
sudo usermod -a -G sudousers user2
sudo usermod -a -G sudousers  ...

You'll need to do this for every account on your server that needs sudo privileges.

Make a backup of the sudo's configuration file /etc/sudoers:

sudo cp --archive /etc/sudoers /etc/sudoers-COPY-$(date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S")

Edit sudo's configuration file /etc/sudoers:

sudo visudo

Tell sudo to only allow users in the sudousers group to use sudo by adding this line if it is not already there:

%sudousers   ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL

Limit Who Can Use su


su also lets accounts run commands as other accounts, including root. We want to make sure that only the accounts we want can use su.


  • su privileges limited to those who are in a group we specify



Create a group:

sudo groupadd suusers

Add account(s) to the group:

sudo usermod -a -G suusers user1
sudo usermod -a -G suusers user2
sudo usermod -a -G suusers  ...

You'll need to do this for every account on your server that needs sudo privileges.

Make it so only users in this group can execute /bin/su:

sudo dpkg-statoverride --update --add root suusers 4750 /bin/su

Run applications in a sandbox with FireJail


It's absolutely better, for many applications, to run in a sandbox.

Browsers (even more the Closed Source ones) and eMail Clients are highly suggested.


  • confine applications in a jail (few safe directories) and block access to the rest of the system



Install the software:

sudo apt install firejail firejail-profiles

Note: for Debian 10 Stable, official Backport is suggested:

sudo apt install -t buster-backports firejail firejail-profiles

Allow an application (installed in /usr/bin or /bin) to run only in a sandbox (see few examples below here):

sudo ln -s /usr/bin/firejail /usr/local/bin/google-chrome-stable
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/firejail /usr/local/bin/firefox
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/firejail /usr/local/bin/chromium
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/firejail /usr/local/bin/evolution
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/firejail /usr/local/bin/thunderbird

Run the application as usual (via terminal or launcher) and check if is running in a jail:

firejail --list

Allow a sandboxed app to run again as it was before (example: firefox)

sudo rm /usr/local/bin/firefox

NTP Client


Many security protocols leverage the time. If your system time is incorrect, it could have negative impacts to your server. An NTP client can solve that problem by keeping your system time in-sync with global NTP servers

How It Works

NTP stands for Network Time Protocol. In the context of this guide, an NTP client on the server is used to update the server time with the official time pulled from official servers. Check for all of the public NTP servers.


  • NTP client installed and keeping server time in-sync



Install ntp.

On Debian based systems:

sudo apt install ntp

Make a backup of the NTP client's configuration file /etc/ntp.conf:

sudo cp --archive /etc/ntp.conf /etc/ntp.conf-COPY-$(date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S")

The default configuration, at least on Debian, is already pretty secure. The only thing we'll want to make sure is we're the pool directive and not any server directives. The pool directive allows the NTP client to stop using a server if it is unresponsive or serving bad time. Do this by commenting out all server directives and adding the below to /etc/ntp.conf.

pool iburst

For the lazy:

sudo sed -i -r -e "s/^((server|pool).*)/# \1         # commented by $(whoami) on $(date +"%Y-%m-%d @ %H:%M:%S")/" /etc/ntp.conf
echo -e "\npool iburst         # added by $(whoami) on $(date +"%Y-%m-%d @ %H:%M:%S")" | sudo tee -a /etc/ntp.conf

Example /etc/ntp.conf:

driftfile /var/lib/ntp/ntp.drift
statistics loopstats peerstats clockstats
filegen loopstats file loopstats type day enable
filegen peerstats file peerstats type day enable
filegen clockstats file clockstats type day enable
restrict -4 default kod notrap nomodify nopeer noquery limited
restrict -6 default kod notrap nomodify nopeer noquery limited
restrict ::1
restrict source notrap nomodify noquery
pool iburst         # added by user on 2019-03-09 @ 10:23:35

Restart ntp:

sudo service ntp restart

Check the status of the ntp service:

sudo systemctl status ntp
● ntp.service - LSB: Start NTP daemon
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/ntp; generated; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: active (running) since Sat 2019-03-09 15:19:46 EST; 4s ago
     Docs: man:systemd-sysv-generator(8)
  Process: 1016 ExecStop=/etc/init.d/ntp stop (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
  Process: 1028 ExecStart=/etc/init.d/ntp start (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
    Tasks: 2 (limit: 4915)
   CGroup: /system.slice/ntp.service
           └─1038 /usr/sbin/ntpd -p /var/run/ -g -u 108:113

Mar 09 15:19:46 host ntpd[1038]: Listen and drop on 0 v6wildcard [::]:123
Mar 09 15:19:46 host ntpd[1038]: Listen and drop on 1 v4wildcard
Mar 09 15:19:46 host ntpd[1038]: Listen normally on 2 lo
Mar 09 15:19:46 host ntpd[1038]: Listen normally on 3 enp0s3
Mar 09 15:19:46 host ntpd[1038]: Listen normally on 4 lo [::1]:123
Mar 09 15:19:46 host ntpd[1038]: Listen normally on 5 enp0s3 [fe80::a00:27ff:feb6:ed8e%2]:123
Mar 09 15:19:46 host ntpd[1038]: Listening on routing socket on fd #22 for interface updates
Mar 09 15:19:47 host ntpd[1038]: Soliciting pool server
Mar 09 15:19:48 host ntpd[1038]: Soliciting pool server
Mar 09 15:19:49 host ntpd[1038]: Soliciting pool server

Check ntp's status:

sudo ntpq -p
     remote           refid      st t when poll reach   delay   offset  jitter
==============================================================================    .POOL.          16 p    -   64    0    0.000    0.000   0.000
*lithium.constan      2 u    -   64    1   19.900    4.894   3.951    2 u    2   64    1   48.061   -0.431   0.104

Securing /proc


To quote

When looking in /proc you will discover a lot of files and directories. Many of them are just numbers, which represent the information about a particular process ID (PID). By default, Linux systems are deployed to allow all local users to see this all information. This includes process information from other users. This could include sensitive details that you may not want to share with other users. By applying some filesystem configuration tweaks, we can change this behavior and improve the security of the system.

Note: This may break on some systemd systems. Please see for more information. Thanks to nlgranger for sharing.


  • /proc mounted with hidepid=2 so users can only see information about their processes



Make a backup of /etc/fstab:

sudo cp --archive /etc/fstab /etc/fstab-COPY-$(date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S")

Add this line to /etc/fstab to have /proc mounted with hidepid=2:

proc     /proc     proc     defaults,hidepid=2     0     0

For the lazy:

echo -e "\nproc     /proc     proc     defaults,hidepid=2     0     0         # added by $(whoami) on $(date +"%Y-%m-%d @ %H:%M:%S")" | sudo tee -a /etc/fstab

Reboot the system:

sudo reboot now

Note: Alternatively, you can remount /proc without rebooting with sudo mount -o remount,hidepid=2 /proc

Force Accounts To Use Secure Passwords


By default, accounts can use any password they want, including bad ones. pwquality/pam_pwquality addresses this security gap by providing "a way to configure the default password quality requirements for the system passwords" and checking "its strength against a system dictionary and a set of rules for identifying poor choices."

How It Works

On Linux, PAM is responsible for authentication. There are four tasks to PAM that you can read about at This section talks about the password task.

When there is a need to set or change an account password, the password task of PAM handles the request. In this section we will tell PAM's password task to pass the requested new password to libpam-pwquality to make sure it meets our requirements. If the requirements are met it is used/set; if it does not meet the requirements it errors and lets the user know.


  • enforced strong passwords


Install libpam-pwquality.

On Debian based systems:

sudo apt install libpam-pwquality

Make a backup of PAM's password configuration file /etc/pam.d/common-password:

sudo cp --archive /etc/pam.d/common-password /etc/pam.d/common-password-COPY-$(date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S")

Tell PAM to use libpam-pwquality to enforce strong passwords by editing the file /etc/pam.d/common-password and change the line that starts like this:

password        requisite             

to this:

password        requisite              retry=3 minlen=10 difok=3 ucredit=-1 lcredit=-1 dcredit=-1 ocredit=-1 maxrepeat=3 gecoschec

The above options are:

  • retry=3 = prompt user 3 times before returning with error.
  • minlen=10 = the minimum length of the password, factoring in any credits (or debits) from these:
    • dcredit=-1 = must have at least one digit
    • ucredit=-1 = must have at least one upper case letter
    • lcredit=-1 = must have at least one lower case letter
    • ocredit=-1 = must have at least one non-alphanumeric character
  • difok=3 = at least 3 characters from the new password cannot have been in the old password
  • maxrepeat=3 = allow a maximum of 3 repeated characters
  • gecoschec = do not allow passwords with the account's name
sudo sed -i -r -e "s/^(password\s+requisite\*)$/# \1\2         # commented by $(whoami) on $(date +"%Y-%m-%d @ %H:%M:%S")\n\1 retry=3 minlen=10 difok=3 ucredit=-1 lcredit=-1 dcredit=-1 ocredit=-1 maxrepeat=3 gecoschec         # added by $(whoami) on $(date +"%Y-%m-%d @ %H:%M:%S")/" /etc/pam.d/common-password

Automatic Security Updates and Alerts


It is important to keep a server updated with the latest critical security patches and updates. Otherwise you're at risk of known security vulnerabilities that bad-actors could use to gain unauthorized access to your server.

Unless you plan on checking your server every day, you'll want a way to automatically update the system and/or get emails about available updates.

You don't want to do all updates because with every update there is a risk of something breaking. It is important to do the critical updates but everything else can wait until you have time to do it manually.

Why Not

Automatic and unattended updates may break your system and you may not be near your server to fix it. This would be especially problematic if it broke your SSH access.


  • Each distribution manages packages and updates differently. So far I only have steps for Debian based systems.
  • Your server will need a way to send e-mails for this to work


  • Automatic, unattended, updates of critical security patches
  • Automatic emails of remaining pending updates

Debian Based Systems

How It Works

On Debian based systems you can use:

  • unattended-upgrades to automatically do system updates you want (i.e. critical security updates)
  • apt-listchanges to get details about package changes before they are installed/upgraded
  • apticron to get emails for pending package updates

We will use unattended-upgrades to apply critical security patches. We can also apply stable updates since they've already been thoroughly tested by the Debian community.



Install unattended-upgrades, apt-listchanges, and apticron:

sudo apt install unattended-upgrades apt-listchanges apticron

Now we need to configure unattended-upgrades to automatically apply the updates. This is typically done by editing the files /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/20auto-upgrades and /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/50unattended-upgrades that were created by the packages. However, because these file may get overwritten with a future update, we'll create a new file instead. Create the file /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/51myunattended-upgrades and add this:

// Enable the update/upgrade script (0=disable)
APT::Periodic::Enable "1";

// Do "apt-get update" automatically every n-days (0=disable)
APT::Periodic::Update-Package-Lists "1";

// Do "apt-get upgrade --download-only" every n-days (0=disable)
APT::Periodic::Download-Upgradeable-Packages "1";

// Do "apt-get autoclean" every n-days (0=disable)
APT::Periodic::AutocleanInterval "7";

// Send report mail to root
//     0:  no report             (or null string)
//     1:  progress report       (actually any string)
//     2:  + command outputs     (remove -qq, remove 2>/dev/null, add -d)
//     3:  + trace on    APT::Periodic::Verbose "2";
APT::Periodic::Unattended-Upgrade "1";

// Automatically upgrade packages from these
Unattended-Upgrade::Origins-Pattern {

// You can specify your own packages to NOT automatically upgrade here
Unattended-Upgrade::Package-Blacklist {

// Run dpkg --force-confold --configure -a if a unclean dpkg state is detected to true to ensure that updates get installed even when the system got interrupted during a previous run
Unattended-Upgrade::AutoFixInterruptedDpkg "true";

//Perform the upgrade when the machine is running because we wont be shutting our server down often
Unattended-Upgrade::InstallOnShutdown "false";

// Send an email to this address with information about the packages upgraded.
Unattended-Upgrade::Mail "root";

// Always send an e-mail
Unattended-Upgrade::MailOnlyOnError "false";

// Remove all unused dependencies after the upgrade has finished
Unattended-Upgrade::Remove-Unused-Dependencies "true";

// Remove any new unused dependencies after the upgrade has finished
Unattended-Upgrade::Remove-New-Unused-Dependencies "true";

// Automatically reboot WITHOUT CONFIRMATION if the file /var/run/reboot-required is found after the upgrade.
Unattended-Upgrade::Automatic-Reboot "true";

// Automatically reboot even if users are logged in.
Unattended-Upgrade::Automatic-Reboot-WithUsers "true";


Run a dry-run of unattended-upgrades to make sure your configuration file is okay:

sudo unattended-upgrade -d --dry-run

If everything is okay, you can let it run whenever it's scheduled to or force a run with unattended-upgrade -d.

Configure apt-listchanges to your liking:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure apt-listchanges

For apticron, the default settings are good enough but you can check them in /etc/apticron/apticron.conf if you want to change them. For example, my configuration looks like this:


More Secure Random Entropy Pool (WIP)



How It Works






Install rng-tools.

On Debian based systems:

sudo apt-get install rng-tools

Now we need to set the hardware device used to generate random numbers by adding this to /etc/default/rng-tools:


For the lazy:

echo "HRNGDEVICE=/dev/urandom" | sudo tee -a /etc/default/rng-tools

Restart the service:

sudo systemctl stop rng-tools.service
sudo systemctl start rng-tools.service

Test randomness:

The Network

Firewall With UFW (Uncomplicated Firewall)


Call me paranoid, and you don't have to agree, but I want to deny all traffic in and out of my server except what I explicitly allow. Why would my server be sending traffic out that I don't know about? And why would external traffic be trying to access my server if I don't know who or what it is? When it comes to good security, my opinion is to reject/deny by default, and allow by exception.

Of course, if you disagree, that is totally fine and can configure UFW to suit your needs.

Either way, ensuring that only traffic we explicitly allow is the job of a firewall.

How It Works

The Linux kernel provides capabilities to monitor and control network traffic. These capabilities are exposed to the end-user through firewall utilities. On Linux, the most common firewall is iptables. However, iptables is rather complicated and confusing (IMHO). This is where UFW comes in. Think of UFW as a front-end to iptables. It simplifies the process of managing the iptables rules that tell the Linux kernel what to do with network traffic.

UFW works by letting you configure rules that:

  • allow or deny
  • input or output traffic
  • to or from ports

You can create rules by explicitly specifying the ports or with application configurations that specify the ports.


  • all network traffic, input and output, blocked except those we explicitly allow


  • As you install other programs, you'll need to enable the necessary ports/applications.



Install ufw.

On Debian based systems:

sudo apt install ufw

Deny all outgoing traffic:

sudo ufw default deny outgoing comment 'deny all outgoing traffic'
Default outgoing policy changed to 'deny'
(be sure to update your rules accordingly)

If you are not as paranoid as me, and don't want to deny all outgoing traffic, you can allow it instead:

sudo ufw default allow outgoing comment 'allow all outgoing traffic'

Deny all incoming traffic:

sudo ufw default deny incoming comment 'deny all incoming traffic'

Obviously we want SSH connections in:

sudo ufw limit in ssh comment 'allow SSH connections in'
Rules updated
Rules updated (v6)

Allow additional traffic as per your needs. Some common use-cases:

# allow traffic out on port 53 -- DNS
sudo ufw allow out 53 comment 'allow DNS calls out'

# allow traffic out on port 123 -- NTP
sudo ufw allow out 123 comment 'allow NTP out'

# allow traffic out for HTTP, HTTPS, or FTP
# apt might needs these depending on which sources you're using
sudo ufw allow out http comment 'allow HTTP traffic out'
sudo ufw allow out https comment 'allow HTTPS traffic out'
sudo ufw allow out ftp comment 'allow FTP traffic out'

# allow whois
sudo ufw allow out whois comment 'allow whois'

# allow traffic out on port 68 -- the DHCP client
# you only need this if you're using DHCP
sudo ufw allow out 67 comment 'allow the DHCP client to update'
sudo ufw allow out 68 comment 'allow the DHCP client to update'

Start ufw:

sudo ufw enable
Command may disrupt existing ssh connections. Proceed with operation (y|n)? y
Firewall is active and enabled on system startup

If you want to see a status:

sudo ufw status
Status: active

To                         Action      From
--                         ------      ----
22/tcp                     LIMIT       Anywhere                   # allow SSH connections in
22/tcp (v6)                LIMIT       Anywhere (v6)              # allow SSH connections in

53                         ALLOW OUT   Anywhere                   # allow DNS calls out
123                        ALLOW OUT   Anywhere                   # allow NTP out
80/tcp                     ALLOW OUT   Anywhere                   # allow HTTP traffic out
443/tcp                    ALLOW OUT   Anywhere                   # allow HTTPS traffic out
21/tcp                     ALLOW OUT   Anywhere                   # allow FTP traffic out
Mail submission            ALLOW OUT   Anywhere                   # allow mail out
43/tcp                     ALLOW OUT   Anywhere                   # allow whois
53 (v6)                    ALLOW OUT   Anywhere (v6)              # allow DNS calls out
123 (v6)                   ALLOW OUT   Anywhere (v6)              # allow NTP out
80/tcp (v6)                ALLOW OUT   Anywhere (v6)              # allow HTTP traffic out
443/tcp (v6)               ALLOW OUT   Anywhere (v6)              # allow HTTPS traffic out
21/tcp (v6)                ALLOW OUT   Anywhere (v6)              # allow FTP traffic out
Mail submission (v6)       ALLOW OUT   Anywhere (v6)              # allow mail out
43/tcp (v6)                ALLOW OUT   Anywhere (v6)              # allow whois


sudo ufw status verbose
Status: active
Logging: on (low)
Default: deny (incoming), deny (outgoing), disabled (routed)
New profiles: skip

To                         Action      From
--                         ------      ----
22/tcp                     LIMIT IN    Anywhere                   # allow SSH connections in
22/tcp (v6)                LIMIT IN    Anywhere (v6)              # allow SSH connections in

53                         ALLOW OUT   Anywhere                   # allow DNS calls out
123                        ALLOW OUT   Anywhere                   # allow NTP out
80/tcp                     ALLOW OUT   Anywhere                   # allow HTTP traffic out
443/tcp                    ALLOW OUT   Anywhere                   # allow HTTPS traffic out
21/tcp                     ALLOW OUT   Anywhere                   # allow FTP traffic out
587/tcp (Mail submission)  ALLOW OUT   Anywhere                   # allow mail out
43/tcp                     ALLOW OUT   Anywhere                   # allow whois
53 (v6)                    ALLOW OUT   Anywhere (v6)              # allow DNS calls out
123 (v6)                   ALLOW OUT   Anywhere (v6)              # allow NTP out
80/tcp (v6)                ALLOW OUT   Anywhere (v6)              # allow HTTP traffic out
443/tcp (v6)               ALLOW OUT   Anywhere (v6)              # allow HTTPS traffic out
21/tcp (v6)                ALLOW OUT   Anywhere (v6)              # allow FTP traffic out
587/tcp (Mail submission (v6)) ALLOW OUT   Anywhere (v6)              # allow mail out
43/tcp (v6)                ALLOW OUT   Anywhere (v6)              # allow whois

Default Applications

ufw ships with some default applications. You can see them with:

sudo ufw app list
Available applications:
  Kerberos Admin
  Kerberos Full
  Kerberos KDC
  Kerberos Password
  Mail submission
  Transparent Proxy
  WWW Cache
  WWW Full
  WWW Secure

To get details about the app, like which ports it includes, type:

sudo ufw app info [app name]
sudo ufw app info DNS
Profile: DNS
Title: Internet Domain Name Server
Description: Internet Domain Name Server


Custom Application

If you don't want to create rules by explicitly providing the port number(s), you can create your own application configurations. To do this, create a file in /etc/ufw/applications.d.

For example, here is what you would use for Plex:

cat /etc/ufw/applications.d/plexmediaserver
title=Plex Media Server
description=This opens up PlexMediaServer for http (32400), upnp, and autodiscovery.

Then you can enable it like any other app:

sudo ufw allow plexmediaserver

iptables Intrusion Detection And Prevention with PSAD


Even if you have a firewall to guard your doors, it is possible to try brute-forcing your way in any of the guarded doors. We want to monitor all network activity to detect potential intrusion attempts, such has repeated attempts to get in, and block them.

How It Works

I can't explain it any better than user FINESEC from did at:

Fail2BAN scans log files of various applications such as apache, ssh or ftp and automatically bans IPs that show the malicious signs such as automated login attempts. PSAD on the other hand scans iptables and ip6tables log messages (typically /var/log/messages) to detect and optionally block scans and other types of suspect traffic such as DDoS or OS fingerprinting attempts. It's ok to use both programs at the same time because they operate on different level.

And, since we're already using UFW so we'll follow the awesome instructions by netson at to make PSAD work with UFW.



Install psad.

On Debian based systems:

sudo apt install psad

Make a backup of psad's configuration file /etc/psad/psad.conf:

sudo cp --archive /etc/psad/psad.conf /etc/psad/psad.conf-COPY-$(date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S")

Review and update configuration options in /etc/psad/psad.conf. Pay special attention to these:

SettingSet To
EMAIL_ADDRESSESyour email address(s)
HOSTNAMEyour server's hostname

Check the configuration file psad's documentation at for more details.

Now we need to make some changes to ufw so it works with psad by telling ufw to log all traffic so psad can analyze it. Do this by editing two files and adding these lines at the end but before the COMMIT line.

Make backups:

sudo cp --archive /etc/ufw/before.rules /etc/ufw/before.rules-COPY-$(date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S")
sudo cp --archive /etc/ufw/before6.rules /etc/ufw/before6.rules-COPY-$(date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S")

Edit the files:

  • /etc/ufw/before.rules
  • /etc/ufw/before6.rules

Now we need to reload/restart ufw and psad for the changes to take effect:

sudo ufw reload

sudo psad -R
sudo psad --sig-update
sudo psad -H

Analyze iptables rules for errors:

sudo psad --fw-analyze
[+] Parsing INPUT chain rules.
[+] Parsing INPUT chain rules.
[+] Firewall config looks good.
[+] Completed check of firewall ruleset.
[+] Results in /var/log/psad/fw_check
[+] Exiting.

Note: If there were any issues you will get an e-mail with the error.

Check the status of psad:

sudo psad --Status
[-] psad: pid file /var/run/psad/ does not exist for psadwatchd on vm
[+] psad_fw_read (pid: 3444)  %CPU: 0.0  %MEM: 2.2
    Running since: Sat Feb 16 01:03:09 2019

[+] psad (pid: 3435)  %CPU: 0.2  %MEM: 2.7
    Running since: Sat Feb 16 01:03:09 2019
    Command line arguments: [none specified]
    Alert email address(es): root@localhost

[+] Version: psad v2.4.3

[+] Top 50 signature matches:

[+] Top 25 attackers:

[+] Top 20 scanned ports:

[+] iptables log prefix counters:

    Total protocol packet counters:

[+] IP Status Detail:

    Total scan sources: 0
    Total scan destinations: 0

[+] These results are available in: /var/log/psad/status.out

Application Intrusion Detection And Prevention With Fail2Ban


UFW tells your server what doors to board up so nobody can see them, and what doors to allow authorized users through. PSAD monitors network activity to detect and prevent potential intrusions -- repeated attempts to get in.

But what about the applications/services your server is running, like SSH and Apache, where your firewall is configured to allow access in. Even though access may be allowed that doesn't mean all access attempts are valid and harmless. What if someone tries to brute-force their way in to a web-app you're running on your server? This is where Fail2ban comes in.

How It Works

Fail2ban monitors the logs of your applications (like SSH and Apache) to detect and prevent potential intrusions. It will monitor network traffic/logs and prevent intrusions by blocking suspicious activity (e.g. multiple successive failed connections in a short time-span).


  • network monitoring for suspicious activity with automatic banning of offending IPs


  • As of right now, the only thing running on this server is SSH so we'll want Fail2ban to monitor SSH and ban as necessary.
  • As you install other programs, you'll need to create/configure the appropriate jails and enable them.



Install fail2ban.

On Debian based systems:

sudo apt install fail2ban

We don't want to edit /etc/fail2ban/fail2ban.conf or /etc/fail2ban/jail.conf because a future update may overwrite those so we'll create a local copy instead. Create the file /etc/fail2ban/jail.local and add this to it after replacing [LAN SEGMENT] and [your email] with the appropriate values:

# the IP address range we want to ignore
ignoreip = [LAN SEGMENT]

# who to send e-mail to
destemail = [your e-mail]

# who is the email from
sender = [your e-mail]

# since we're using exim4 to send emails
mta = mail

# get email alerts
action = %(action_mwl)s

Note: Your server will need to be able to send e-mails so Fail2ban can let you know of suspicious activity and when it banned an IP.

We need to create a jail for SSH that tells fail2ban to look at SSH logs and use ufw to ban/unban IPs as needed. Create a jail for SSH by creating the file /etc/fail2ban/jail.d/ssh.local and adding this to it:

enabled = true
banaction = ufw
port = ssh
filter = sshd
logpath = %(sshd_log)s
maxretry = 5

For the lazy:

cat << EOF | sudo tee /etc/fail2ban/jail.d/ssh.local
enabled = true
banaction = ufw
port = ssh
filter = sshd
logpath = %(sshd_log)s
maxretry = 5

In the above we tell fail2ban to use the ufw as the banaction. Fail2ban ships with an action configuration file for ufw. You can see it in /etc/fail2ban/action.d/ufw.conf

Enable fail2ban:

sudo fail2ban-client start
sudo fail2ban-client reload
sudo fail2ban-client add sshd # This may fail on some systems if the sshd jail was added by default

To check the status:

sudo fail2ban-client status
|- Number of jail:      1
`- Jail list:   sshd
sudo fail2ban-client status sshd
Status for the jail: sshd
|- Filter
|  |- Currently failed: 0
|  |- Total failed:     0
|  `- File list:        /var/log/auth.log
`- Actions
   |- Currently banned: 0
   |- Total banned:     0
   `- Banned IP list:

Custom Jails

I have not needed to create a custom jail yet. Once I do, and I figure out how, I will update this guide. Or, if you know how please help contribute.

Unban an IP

To unban an IP use this command:

fail2ban-client set [jail] unbanip [IP]

[jail] is the name of the jail that has the banned IP and [IP] is the IP address you want to unban. For example, to unaban from SSH you would do:

fail2ban-client set sshd unbanip

The Auditing

File/Folder Integrity Monitoring With AIDE (WIP)



How It Works






Install AIDE.

On Debian based systems:

sudo apt install aide

Make a backup of AIDE's defaults file:

sudo cp -p /etc/default/aide /etc/default/aide-COPY-$(date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S")

Go through /etc/default/aide and set AIDE's defaults per your requirements. If you want AIDE to run daily and e-mail you, be sure to set CRON_DAILY_RUN to yes.

Make a backup of AIDE's configuration files:

sudo cp -pr /etc/aide /etc/aide-COPY-$(date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S")

On Debian based systems:

  • AIDE's configuration files are in /etc/aide/aide.conf.d/.
  • You'll want to go through AIDE's documentation and the configuration files in to set them per your requirements.
  • If you want new settings, to monitor a new folder for example, you'll want to add them to /etc/aide/aide.conf or /etc/aide/aide.conf.d/.
  • Take a backup of the stock configuration files: sudo cp -pr /etc/aide /etc/aide-COPY-$(date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S").

Create a new database, and install it.

On Debian based systems:

sudo aideinit
Running aide --init...
Start timestamp: 2019-04-01 21:23:37 -0400 (AIDE 0.16)
AIDE initialized database at /var/lib/aide/
Verbose level: 6

Number of entries:      25973

The attributes of the (uncompressed) database(s):

  RMD160   : moyQ1YskQQbidX+Lusv3g2wf1gQ=
  TIGER    : 7WoOgCrXzSpDrlO6I3PyXPj1gRiaMSeo
  SHA256   : gVx8Fp7r3800WF2aeXl+/KHCzfGsNi7O
  SHA512   : GYfa0DJwWgMLl4Goo5VFVOhu4BphXCo3
  CRC32    : /cusZw==
  HAVAL    : E/i5ceF3YTjwenBfyxHEsy9Kzu35VTf7
  GOST     : n5Ityzxey9/1jIs7LMc08SULF1sLBFUc

End timestamp: 2019-04-01 21:24:45 -0400 (run time: 1m 8s)

Test everything works with no changes.

On Debian based systems:

sudo aide.wrapper --check
Start timestamp: 2019-04-01 21:24:45 -0400 (AIDE 0.16)
AIDE found NO differences between database and filesystem. Looks okay!!
Verbose level: 6

Number of entries:      25973

The attributes of the (uncompressed) database(s):

  RMD160   : moyQ1YskQQbidX+Lusv3g2wf1gQ=
  TIGER    : 7WoOgCrXzSpDrlO6I3PyXPj1gRiaMSeo
  SHA256   : gVx8Fp7r3800WF2aeXl+/KHCzfGsNi7O
  SHA512   : GYfa0DJwWgMLl4Goo5VFVOhu4BphXCo3
  CRC32    : /cusZw==
  HAVAL    : E/i5ceF3YTjwenBfyxHEsy9Kzu35VTf7
  GOST     : n5Ityzxey9/1jIs7LMc08SULF1sLBFUc

End timestamp: 2019-04-01 21:26:03 -0400 (run time: 1m 18s)

Test everything works after making some changes.

On Debian based systems:

sudo touch /etc/
sudo touch /root/

sudo aide.wrapper --check

sudo rm /etc/
sudo rm /root/

sudo aideinit -y -f
Start timestamp: 2019-04-01 21:37:37 -0400 (AIDE 0.16)
AIDE found differences between database and filesystem!!
Verbose level: 6

  Total number of entries:      25972
  Added entries:                2
  Removed entries:              0
  Changed entries:              1

Added entries:

f++++++++++++++++: /etc/
f++++++++++++++++: /root/

Changed entries:

d =.... mc.. .. .: /root

Detailed information about changes:

Directory: /root
  Mtime    : 2019-04-01 21:35:07 -0400        | 2019-04-01 21:37:36 -0400
  Ctime    : 2019-04-01 21:35:07 -0400        | 2019-04-01 21:37:36 -0400

The attributes of the (uncompressed) database(s):

  RMD160   : qF9WmKaf2PptjKnhcr9z4ueCPTY=
  TIGER    : zMo7MvvYJcq1hzvTQLPMW7ALeFiyEqv+
  SHA256   : LSLLVjjV6r8vlSxlbAbbEsPcQUB48SgP
  SHA512   : Qc4U7+ZAWCcitapGhJ1IrXCLGCf1IKZl
  CRC32    : z8ChEA==
  HAVAL    : YapzS+/cdDwLj3kHJEq8fufLp3DPKZDg
  GOST     : 74sLV4HkTig+GJhokvxZQm7CJD/NR0mG

End timestamp: 2019-04-01 21:38:50 -0400 (run time: 1m 13s)

That's it. If you set CRON_DAILY_RUN to yes in /etc/default/aide then cron will execute /etc/cron.daily/aide every day and e-mail you the output.

Updating The Database

Every time you make changes to files/folders that AIDE monitors, you will need to update the database to capture those changes. To do that on Debian based systems:

sudo aideinit -y -f

Anti-Virus Scanning With ClamAV (WIP)



How It Works

  • ClamAV is a virus scanner
  • ClamAV-Freshclam is a service that keeps the virus definitions updated
  • ClamAV-Daemon keeps the clamd process running to make scanning faster




  • These instructions do not tell you how to enable the ClamAV daemon service to ensure clamd is running all the time. clamd is only if you're running a mail server and does not provide real-time monitoring of files. Instead, you'd want to scan files manually or on a schedule.



Install ClamAV.

On Debian based systems:

sudo apt install clamav clamav-freshclam clamav-daemon

Make a backup of clamav-freshclam's configuration file /etc/clamav/freshclam.conf:

sudo cp --archive /etc/clamav/freshclam.conf /etc/clamav/freshclam.conf-COPY-$(date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S")

clamav-freshclam's default settings are probably good enough but if you want to change them, you can either edit the file /etc/clamav/freshclam.conf or use dpkg-reconfigure:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure clamav-freshclam

Note: The default settings will update the definitions 24 times in a day. To change the interval, check the Checks setting in /etc/clamav/freshclam.conf or use dpkg-reconfigure.

Start the clamav-freshclam service:

sudo service clamav-freshclam start

You can make sure clamav-freshclam running:

sudo service clamav-freshclam status
● clamav-freshclam.service - ClamAV virus database updater
   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/clamav-freshclam.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)   Active: active (running) since Sat 2019-03-16 22:57:07 EDT; 2min 13s ago
     Docs: man:freshclam(1)
 Main PID: 1288 (freshclam)
   CGroup: /system.slice/clamav-freshclam.service
           └─1288 /usr/bin/freshclam -d --foreground=true

Mar 16 22:57:08 host freshclam[1288]: Sat Mar 16 22:57:08 2019 -> ^Local version: 0.100.2 Recommended version: 0.101.1
Mar 16 22:57:08 host freshclam[1288]: Sat Mar 16 22:57:08 2019 -> DON'T PANIC! Read
Mar 16 22:57:15 host freshclam[1288]: Sat Mar 16 22:57:15 2019 -> Downloading main.cvd [100%]
Mar 16 22:57:38 host freshclam[1288]: Sat Mar 16 22:57:38 2019 -> main.cvd updated (version: 58, sigs: 4566249, f-level: 60, builder: sigmgr)
Mar 16 22:57:40 host freshclam[1288]: Sat Mar 16 22:57:40 2019 -> Downloading daily.cvd [100%]
Mar 16 22:58:13 host freshclam[1288]: Sat Mar 16 22:58:13 2019 -> daily.cvd updated (version: 25390, sigs: 1520006, f-level: 63, builder: raynman)
Mar 16 22:58:14 host freshclam[1288]: Sat Mar 16 22:58:14 2019 -> Downloading bytecode.cvd [100%]
Mar 16 22:58:16 host freshclam[1288]: Sat Mar 16 22:58:16 2019 -> bytecode.cvd updated (version: 328, sigs: 94, f-level: 63, builder: neo)
Mar 16 22:58:24 host freshclam[1288]: Sat Mar 16 22:58:24 2019 -> Database updated (6086349 signatures) from (IP:
Mar 16 22:58:24 host freshclam[1288]: Sat Mar 16 22:58:24 2019 -> ^Clamd was NOT notified: Can't connect to clamd through /var/run/clamav/clamd.ctl: No such file or directory

Note: Don't worry about that Local version line. Check for more details.

Make a backup of clamav-daemon's configuration file /etc/clamav/clamd.conf:

sudo cp --archive /etc/clamav/clamd.conf /etc/clamav/clamd.conf-COPY-$(date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S")

You can change clamav-daemon's settings by editing the file /etc/clamav/clamd.conf or useing dpkg-reconfigure:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure clamav-daemon

Scanning Files/Folders

  • To scan files/folders use the clamscan program.
  • clamscan runs as the user it is executed as so it needs read permissions to the files/folders it is scanning.
  • Using clamscan as root is dangerous because if a file is in fact a virus there is risk that it could use the root privileges.
  • To scan a file: clamscan /path/to/file.
  • To scan a directory: clamscan -r /path/to/folder.
  • You can use the -i switch to only print infected files.
  • Check clamscan's man pages for other switches/options.

Rootkit Detection With Rkhunter (WIP)



How It Works






Install Rkhunter.

On Debian based systems:

sudo apt install rkhunter

Make a backup of rkhunter' defaults file:

sudo cp -p /etc/default/rkhunter /etc/default/rkhunter-COPY-$(date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S")

rkhunter's configuration file is /etc/rkhunter.conf. Instead of making changes to it, create and use the file /etc/rkhunter.conf.local instead:

sudo cp -p /etc/rkhunter.conf /etc/rkhunter.conf.local

Go through the configuration file /etc/rkhunter.conf.local and set to your requirements. My recommendations:

COPY_LOG_ON_ERROR=1to save a copy of the log if there is an error
PKGMGR=...set to the appropriate value per the documentation
PHALANX2_DIRTEST=1read the documentation for why
WEB_CMD=""this is to address an issue with the Debian package that disables the ability for rkhunter to self-update.
USE_LOCKING=1to prevent issues with rkhunter running multiple times
SHOW_SUMMARY_WARNINGS_NUMBER=1to see the actual number of warnings found

You want rkhunter to run every day and e-mail you the result. You can write your own script or check for a sample cron script you can use.

On Debian based system, rkhunter comes with cron scripts. To enable them check /etc/default/rkhunter or use dpkg-reconfigure and say Yes to all of the questions:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure rkhunter

After you've finished with all of the changes, make sure all the settings are valid:

sudo rkhunter -C

Update rkhunter and its database:

sudo rkhunter --versioncheck
sudo rkhunter --update
sudo rkhunter --propupd

If you want to do a manual scan and see the output:

sudo rkhunter --check

Rootkit Detection With chrootkit (WIP)



How It Works






Install chkrootkit.

On Debian based systems:

sudo apt install chkrootkit

Do a manual scan:

sudo chkrootkit
ROOTDIR is `/'
Checking `amd'...                                           not found
Checking `basename'...                                      not infected
Checking `biff'...                                          not found
Checking `chfn'...                                          not infected
Checking `chsh'...                                          not infected
Checking `scalper'...                                       not infected
Checking `slapper'...                                       not infected
Checking `z2'...                                            chklastlog: nothing deleted
Checking `chkutmp'...                                       chkutmp: nothing deleted
Checking `OSX_RSPLUG'...                                    not infected

Make a backup of chkrootkit's configuration file /etc/chkrootkit.conf:

sudo cp --archive /etc/chkrootkit.conf /etc/chkrootkit.conf-COPY-$(date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S")

You want chkrootkit to run every day and e-mail you the result.

On Debian based system, chkrootkit comes with cron scripts. To enable them check /etc/chkrootkit.conf or use dpkg-reconfigure and say Yes to the first question:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure chkrootkit

logwatch - system log analyzer and reporter


Your server will be generating a lot of logs that may contain important information. Unless you plan on checking your server everyday, you'll want a way to get e-mail summary of your server's logs. To accomplish this we'll use logwatch.

How It Works

logwatch scans system log files and summarizes them. You can run it directly from the command line or schedule it to run on a recurring schedule. logwatch uses service files to know how to read/summarize a log file. You can see all of the stock service files in /usr/share/logwatch/scripts/services.

logwatch's configuration file /usr/share/logwatch/default.conf/logwatch.conf specifies default options. You can override them via command line arguments.


  • Logwatch configured to send a daily e-mail summary of all of the server's status and logs




Install logwatch.

On Debian based systems:

sudo apt install logwatch

To see a sample of what logwatch collects you can run it directly:

sudo /usr/sbin/logwatch --output stdout --format text --range yesterday --service all

 ################### Logwatch 7.4.3 (12/07/16) ####################
        Processing Initiated: Mon Mar  4 00:05:50 2019
        Date Range Processed: yesterday
                              ( 2019-Mar-03 )
                              Period is day.
        Detail Level of Output: 5
        Type of Output/Format: stdout / text
        Logfiles for Host: host

 --------------------- Cron Begin ------------------------
 ---------------------- Disk Space End -------------------------

 ###################### Logwatch End #########################

Go through logwatch's self-documented configuration file /usr/share/logwatch/default.conf/logwatch.conf before continuing. There is no need to change anything here but pay special attention to the Output, Format, MailTo, Range, and Service as those are the ones we'll be using. For our purposes, instead of specifying our options in the configuration file, we will pass them as command line arguments in the daily cron job that executes logwatch. That way, if the configuration file is ever modified (e.g. during an update), our options will still be there.

Make a backup of logwatch's daily cron file /etc/cron.daily/00logwatch and unset the execute bit:

sudo cp --archive /etc/cron.daily/00logwatch /etc/cron.daily/00logwatch-COPY-$(date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S")
sudo chmod -x /etc/cron.daily/00logwatch-COPY*

By default, logwatch outputs to stdout. Since the goal is to get a daily e-mail, we need to change the output type that logwatch uses to send e-mail instead. We could do this through the configuration file above, but that would apply to every time it is run -- even when we run it manually and want to see the output to the screen. Instead, we'll change the cron job that executes logwatch to send e-mail. This way, when run manually, we'll still get output to stdout and when run by cron, it'll send an e-mail. We'll also make sure it checks for all services, and change the output format to html so it's easier to read regardless of what the configuration file says. In the file /etc/cron.daily/00logwatch find the execute line and change it to:

/usr/sbin/logwatch --output mail --format html --mailto root --range yesterday --service all

#Check if removed-but-not-purged
test -x /usr/share/logwatch/scripts/ || exit 0

/usr/sbin/logwatch --output mail --format html --mailto root --range yesterday --service all

#Note: It's possible to force the recipient in above command
#Just pass --mailto instead of --output mail

For the lazy:

sudo sed -i -r -e "s,^($(sudo which logwatch).*?),# \1         # commented by $(whoami) on $(date +"%Y-%m-%d @ %H:%M:%S")\n$(sudo which logwatch) --output mail --format html --mailto root --range yesterday --service all         # added by $(whoami) on $(date +"%Y-%m-%d @ %H:%M:%S")," /etc/cron.daily/00logwatch

You can test the cron job by executing it:

sudo /etc/cron.daily/00logwatch

Note: If logwatch fails to deliver mail due to the e-mail having long lines please check as documented in issue #29. If you you followed Gmail and Exim4 As MTA With Implicit TLS then we already took care of this in step #7.

ss - Seeing Ports Your Server Is Listening On


Ports are how applications, services, and processes communicate with each other -- either locally within your server or with other devices on the network. When you have an application or service (like SSH or Apache) running on your server, they listen for requests on specific ports.

Obviously we don't want your server listening on ports we don't know about. We'll use ss to see all the ports that services are listening on. This will help us track down and stop rogue, potentially dangerous, services.


  • find out non-localhost what ports are open and listening for connections



To see the all the ports listening for traffic:

sudo ss -lntup
Netid  State      Recv-Q Send-Q     Local Address:Port     Peer Address:Port
udp    UNCONN     0      0                      *:68                  *:*        users:(("dhclient",pid=389,fd=6))
tcp    LISTEN     0      128                    *:22                  *:*        users:(("sshd",pid=4390,fd=3))
tcp    LISTEN     0      128                   :::22                 :::*        users:(("sshd",pid=4390,fd=4))

Switch Explanations:

  • l = display listening sockets
  • n = do now try to resolve service names
  • t = display TCP sockets
  • u = display UDP sockets
  • p = show process information

If you see anything suspicious, like a port you're not aware of or a process you don't know, investigate and remediate as necessary.

Lynis - Linux Security Auditing



Lynis is a battle-tested security tool for systems running Linux, macOS, or Unix-based operating system. It performs an extensive health scan of your systems to support system hardening and compliance testing.


  • Lynis installed




Install lynis. has detailed instructions on how to install it for your distribution.

On Debian based systems, using CISOFY's community software repository:

sudo apt install apt-transport-https ca-certificates host
sudo wget -O - | sudo apt-key add -
sudo echo "deb stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/cisofy-lynis.list
sudo apt update
sudo apt install lynis host

Update it:

sudo lynis update info

Run a security audit:

sudo lynis audit system

This will scan your server, report its audit findings, and at the end it will give you suggestions. Spend some time going through the output and address gaps as necessary.

OSSEC - Host Intrusion Detection



OSSEC is a full platform to monitor and control your systems. It mixes together all the aspects of HIDS (host-based intrusion detection), log monitoring and SIM/SIEM together in a simple, powerful and open source solution.


  • OSSEC-HIDS installed



Install OSSEC-HIDS from sources

sudo apt install libz-dev libssl-dev libpcre2-dev build-essential
tar xzf 3.6.0.tar.gz
cd ossec-hids-3.6.0/
sudo ./

Useful commands:

Agent information

 sudo /var/ossec/bin/agent_control -i <AGENT_ID>

AGENT_ID by default is 000, to be sure the command sudo /var/ossec/bin/agent_control -l can be used.

Run integrity/rootkit checking

OSSEC by default run rootkit check each 2 hours.

 sudo /var/ossec/bin/agent_control -u <AGENT_ID> -r 


  • All:
tail -f /var/ossec/logs/alerts/alerts.log
  • Integrity check:
sudo cat /var/ossec/logs/alerts/alerts.log | grep -A4  -i integrity
  • Rootkit check:
 sudo cat /var/ossec/logs/alerts/alerts.log | grep -A4  "rootcheck,"

The Danger Zone

Proceed At Your Own Risk

This sections cover things that are high risk because there is a possibility they can make your system unusable, or are considered unnecessary by many because the risks outweigh any rewards.



Linux Kernel sysctl Hardening



The kernel is the brains of a Linux system. Securing it just makes sense.

Why Not

Changing kernel settings with sysctl is risky and could break your server. If you don't know what you are doing, don't have the time to debug issues, or just don't want to take the risks, I would advise from not following these steps.


I am not as knowledgeable about hardening/securing a Linux kernel as I'd like. As much as I hate to admit it, I do not know what all of these settings do. My understanding is that most of them are general kernel hardening and performance, and the others are to protect against spoofing and DOS attacks.

In fact, since I am not 100% sure exactly what each setting does, I took recommended settings from numerous sites (all linked in the references below) and combined them to figure out what should be set. I figure if multiple reputable sites mention the same setting, it's probably safe.

If you have a better understanding of what these settings do, or have any other feedback/advice on them, please let me know.

I won't provide For the lazy code in this section.


  • Documentation on all the sysctl settings/keys is severely lacking. The documentation I can find seems to reference the 2.2 version kernel. I could not find anything newer. If you know where I can, please let me know.
  • The reference sites listed below have more comments on what each setting does.



The sysctl settings can be found in the file in this repo.

Before you make a kernel sysctl change permanent, you can test it with the sysctl command:

sudo sysctl -w [key=value]


sudo sysctl -w kernel.ctrl-alt-del=0

Note: There are no spaces in key=value, including before and after the space.

Once you have tested a setting, and made sure it works without breaking your server, you can make it permanent by adding the values to /etc/sysctl.conf. For example:

$ sudo cat /etc/sysctl.conf
kernel.ctrl-alt-del = 0
fs.file-max = 65535
kernel.sysrq = 0

After updating the file you can reload the settings or reboot. To reload:

sudo sysctl -p

Note: If sysctl has trouble writing any settings then sysctl -w or sysctl -p will write an error to stderr. You can use this to quickly find invalid settings in your /etc/sysctl.conf file:

sudo sysctl -p >/dev/null

Password Protect GRUB



If a bad actor has physical access to your server, they could use GRUB to gain unauthorized access to your system.

Why Not

If you forget the password, you'll have to go through some work to recover the password.


  • auto boot the default Debian install and require a password for anything else


  • This will only protect GRUB and anything behind it like your operating systems. Check your motherboard's documentation for password protecting your BIOS to prevent a bad actor from circumventing GRUB.



Create a Password-Based Key Derivation Function 2 (PBKDF2) hash of your password:

grub-mkpasswd-pbkdf2 -c 100000

The below output is from using password as the password:

Enter password:
Reenter password:
PBKDF2 hash of your password is grub.pbkdf2.sha512.100000.2812C233DFC899EFC3D5991D8CA74068C99D6D786A54F603E9A1EFE7BAEDDB6AA89672F92589FAF98DB9364143E7A1156C9936328971A02A483A84C3D028C4FF.C255442F9C98E1F3C500C373FE195DCF16C56EEBDC55ABDD332DD36A92865FA8FC4C90433757D743776AB186BD3AE5580F63EF445472CC1D151FA03906D08A6D
grub-mkpasswd-pbkdf2 -c 100000

Copy everything after PBKDF2 hash of your password is , starting from and including grub.pbkdf2.sha512... to the end. You'll need this in the next step.

The update-grub program uses scripts to generate configuration files it will use for GRUB's settings. Create the file /etc/grub.d/01_password and add the below code after replacing [hash] with the hash you copied from the first step. This tells update-grub to use this username and password for GRUB.

set -e

cat << EOF
set superusers="grub"
password_pbkdf2 grub [hash]

For example:

set -e

cat << EOF
set superusers="grub"
password_pbkdf2 grub grub.pbkdf2.sha512.100000.2812C233DFC899EFC3D5991D8CA74068C99D6D786A54F603E9A1EFE7BAEDDB6AA89672F92589FAF98DB9364143E7A1156C9936328971A02A483A84C3D028C4FF.C255442F9C98E1F3C500C373FE195DCF16C56EEBDC55ABDD332DD36A92865FA8FC4C90433757D743776AB186BD3AE5580F63EF445472CC1D151FA03906D08A6D

Set the file's execute bit so update-grub includes it when it updates GRUB's configuration:

sudo chmod a+x /etc/grub.d/01_password

Make a backup of GRUB's configuration file /etc/grub.d/10_linux that we'll be modifying and unset the execute bit so update-grub doesn't try to run it:

sudo cp --archive /etc/grub.d/10_linux /etc/grub.d/10_linux-COPY-$(date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S")
sudo chmod a-x /etc/grub.d/10_linux.*

To make the default Debian install unrestricted (without the password) while keeping everything else restricted (with the password) modify /etc/grub.d/10_linux and add --unrestricted to the CLASS variable.

For the lazy:

sudo sed -i -r -e "/^CLASS=/ a CLASS=\"\${CLASS} --unrestricted\"         # added by $(whoami) on $(date +"%Y-%m-%d @ %H:%M:%S")" /etc/grub.d/10_linux

Update GRUB with update-grub:

sudo update-grub


Disable Root Login



If you have sudo configured properly, then the root account will mostly never need to log in directly -- either at the terminal or remotely.

Why Not

Be warned, this can cause issues with some configurations!

If your installation uses sulogin (like Debian) to drop to a root console during boot failures, then locking the root account will prevent sulogin from opening the root shell and you will get this error:

Cannot open access to console, the root account is locked.

See sulogin(8) man page for more details.

Press Enter to continue.

To work around this, you can use the --force option for sulogin. Some distributions already include this, or some other, workaround.

An alternative to locking the root acount is set a long/complicated root password and store it in a secured, non digital format. That way you have it when/if you need it.


  • locked root account that nobody can use to log in as root


  • Some distributions disable root login by default (e.g. Ubuntu) so you may not need to do this step. Check with your distribution's documentation.



Lock the root account:

sudo passwd -l root

Change Default umask



umask controls the default permissions of files/folders when they are created. Insecure file/folder permissions give other accounts potentially unauthorized access to your data. This may include the ability to make configuration changes.

  • For non-root accounts, there is no need for other accounts to get any access to the account's files/folders by default.
  • For the root account, there is no need for the file/folder primary group or other accounts to have any access to root's files/folders by default.

When and if other accounts need access to a file/folder, you want to explicitly grant it using a combination of file/folder permissions and primary group.

Why Not

Changing the default umask can create unexpected problems. For example, if you set umask to 0077 for root, then non-root accounts will not have access to application configuration files/folders in /etc/ which could break applications that do not run with root privileges.

How It Works

In order to explain how umask works I'd have to explain how Linux file/folder permissions work. As that is a rather complicated question, I will defer you to the references below for further reading.


  • set default umask for non-root accounts to 0027
  • set default umask for the root account to 0077


  • umask is a Bash built-in which means a user can change their own umask setting.



Make a backup of files we'll be editing:

sudo cp --archive /etc/profile /etc/profile-COPY-$(date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S")
sudo cp --archive /etc/bash.bashrc /etc/bash.bashrc-COPY-$(date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S")
sudo cp --archive /etc/login.defs /etc/login.defs-COPY-$(date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S")
sudo cp --archive /root/.bashrc /root/.bashrc-COPY-$(date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S")

Set default umask for non-root accounts to 0027 by adding this line to /etc/profile and /etc/bash.bashrc:

umask 0027

For the lazy:

echo -e "\numask 0027         # added by $(whoami) on $(date +"%Y-%m-%d @ %H:%M:%S")" | sudo tee -a /etc/profile /etc/bash.bashrc

We also need to add this line to /etc/login.defs:

UMASK 0027

For the lazy:

echo -e "\nUMASK 0027         # added by $(whoami) on $(date +"%Y-%m-%d @ %H:%M:%S")" | sudo tee -a /etc/login.defs

Set default umask for the root account to 0077 by adding this line to /root/.bashrc:

umask 0077

For the lazy:

echo -e "\numask 0077         # added by $(whoami) on $(date +"%Y-%m-%d @ %H:%M:%S")" | sudo tee -a /root/.bashrc


Orphaned Software



As you use your system, and you install and uninstall software, you'll eventually end up with orphaned, or unused software/packages/libraries. You don't need to remove them, but if you don't need them, why keep them? When security is a priority, anything not explicitly needed is a potential security threat. You want to keep your server as trimmed and lean as possible.


  • Each distribution manages software/packages/libraries differently so how you find and remove orphaned packages will be different. So far I only have steps for Debian based systems.

Debian Based Systems

On Debian based systems, you can use deborphan to find orphaned packages.

Why Not

Keep in mind, deborphan finds packages that have no package dependencies. That does not mean they are not used. You could very well have a package you use every day that has no dependencies that you wouldn't want to remove. And, if deborphan gets anything wrong, then removing critical packages may break your system.


Install deborphan.

sudo apt install deborphan

Run deborphan as root to see a list of orphaned packages:

sudo deborphan

Assuming you want to remove all of the packages deborphan finds, you can pass it's output to apt to remove them:

sudo apt --autoremove purge $(deborphan)


The Miscellaneous

The Simple way with MSMTP



Well I will SIMPLIFY this method, to only output email using google mail account (and others). True Simple! :)

``` bash
###### PLEASE .... EDIT IT...
PWDEMAIL="passwordStrong"  ## ATTENTION DONT USE Special Chars.. like as SPACE # and some others not all. Feel free to test ;)
apt install -y msmtp
    ln -s /usr/bin/msmtp /usr/sbin/sendmail
#wget -O /etc/ssl/certs/revoke.crl
#chmod 644 /etc/ssl/certs/revoke.crl
touch /root/.msmtprc
cat <<EOF> .msmtprc
account gmail
#proxy_port 9001
timeout off 
protocol smtp
#auto_from [(on|off)]
#from envelope_from
#maildomain [domain]
auth on
passwordeval "gpg -q --for-your-eyes-only --no-tty -d /root/msmtp-mail.gpg"
#passwordeval "gpg --quiet --for-your-eyes-only --no-tty --decrypt /root/msmtp-mail.gpg"
tls on
tls_starttls on
tls_trust_file /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt
#tls_crl_file /etc/ssl/certs/revoke.crl
#tls_fingerprint [fingerprint]
#tls_key_file [file]
#tls_cert_file [file]
tls_certcheck on
tls_force_sslv3 on
tls_min_dh_prime_bits 512
#tls_priorities [priorities]
#dsn_notify (off|condition)
#dsn_return (off|amount)
#domain argument
#keepbcc off
logfile /var/log/mail.log
syslog on
account default : gmail
chmod 0400 /root/.msmtprc

   ## In testing .. auto command
# echo -e "1\n4096\n\ny\n$MYUSRMAIL\n$MYEMAIL\nmy key\nO\n$PWDMAIL\n$PWDMAIL\n" | gpg --full-generate-key 
gpg --full-generate-key
gpg --output revoke.asc --gen-revoke $MYEMAIL
echo -e "$PWDEMAIL\n" | gpg -e -o /root/msmtp-mail.gpg --recipient $MYEMAIL
echo "export GPG_TTY=\$(tty)" >> .baschrc    
chmod 400 msmtp-mail.gpg

echo "Hello there" | msmtp --debug $MYEMAIL
## MSMTP Configured ##

DONE!! ;)

Gmail and Exim4 As MTA With Implicit TLS


Unless you're planning on setting up your own mail server, you'll need a way to send e-mails from your server. This will be important for system alerts/messages.

You can use any Gmail account. I recommend you create one specific for this server. That way if your server is compromised, the bad-actor won't have any passwords for your primary account. Granted, if you have 2FA/MFA enabled and you use an app password, there isn't much a bad-actor can do with just the app password, but why take the risk?

There are many guides on-line that cover how to configure Gmail as MTA using STARTTLS including a previous version of this guide. With STARTTLS, an initial unencrypted connection is made and then upgraded to an encrypted TLS or SSL connection. Instead, with the approach outlined below, an encrypted TLS connection is made from the start.

Also, as discussed in issue #29 and here, exim4 will fail for messages with long lines. We'll fix this in this section too.


  • mail configured to send e-mails from your server using Gmail
  • long line support for exim4



Install exim4. You will also need openssl and ca-certificates.

On Debian based systems:

sudo apt install exim4 openssl ca-certificates

Configure exim4:

For Debian based systems:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure exim4-config

You'll be prompted with some questions:

General type of mail configurationmail sent by smarthost; no local mail
System mail namelocalhost
IP-addresses to listen on for incoming SMTP connections127.0.0.1; ::1
Other destinations for which mail is accepted(default)
Visible domain name for local userslocalhost
IP address or host name of the outgoing
Keep number of DNS-queries minimal (Dial-on-Demand)?No
Split configuration into small files?No

Make a backup of /etc/exim4/passwd.client:

sudo cp --archive /etc/exim4/passwd.client /etc/exim4/passwd.client-COPY-$(date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S")

Add a line like this to /etc/exim4/passwd.client


  • Replace and yourPassword with your details. If you have 2FA/MFA enabled on your Gmail then you'll need to create and use an app password here.
  • Always check host for the most up-to-date domains to list.

This file has your Gmail password so we need to lock it down:

sudo chown root:Debian-exim /etc/exim4/passwd.client
sudo chmod 640 /etc/exim4/passwd.client

The next step is to create an TLS certificate that exim4 will use to make the encrypted connection to You can use your own certificate, like one from Let's Encrypt, or create one yourself using openssl. We will use a script that comes with exim4 that calls openssl to make our certificate:

sudo bash /usr/share/doc/exim4-base/examples/exim-gencert
[*] Creating a self signed SSL certificate for Exim!
    This may be sufficient to establish encrypted connections but for
    secure identification you need to buy a real certificate!

    Please enter the hostname of your MTA at the Common Name (CN) prompt!

Generating a RSA private key
writing new private key to '/etc/exim4/exim.key'
You are about to be asked to enter information that will be incorporated
into your certificate request.
What you are about to enter is what is called a Distinguished Name or a DN.
There are quite a few fields but you can leave some blank
For some fields there will be a default value,
If you enter '.', the field will be left blank.
Country Code (2 letters) [US]:[redacted]
State or Province Name (full name) []:[redacted]
Locality Name (eg, city) []:[redacted]
Organization Name (eg, company; recommended) []:[redacted]
Organizational Unit Name (eg, section) []:[redacted]
Server name (eg. ssl.domain.tld; required!!!) []:localhost
Email Address []:[redacted]
[*] Done generating self signed certificates for exim!
    Refer to the documentation and example configuration files
    over at /usr/share/doc/exim4-base/ for an idea on how to enable TLS
    support in your mail transfer agent.

Instruct exim4 to use TLS and port 465, and fix exim4's long lines issue, by creating the file /etc/exim4/exim4.conf.localmacros and adding:


For the lazy:

cat << EOF | sudo tee /etc/exim4/exim4.conf.localmacros

Make a backup of exim4's configuration file /etc/exim4/exim4.conf.template:

sudo cp --archive /etc/exim4/exim4.conf.template /etc/exim4/exim4.conf.template-COPY-$(date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S")

Add the below to /etc/exim4/exim4.conf.template after the .ifdef REMOTE_SMTP_SMARTHOST_HOSTS_REQUIRE_TLS ... .endif block:

    protocol = REQUIRE_PROTOCOL

For the lazy:

sudo sed -i -r -e '/^.ifdef REMOTE_SMTP_SMARTHOST_HOSTS_REQUIRE_TLS$/I { :a; n; /^.endif$/!ba; a\# added by '"$(whoami) on $(date +"%Y-%m-%d @ %H:%M:%S")"'\n.ifdef REQUIRE_PROTOCOL\n    protocol = REQUIRE_PROTOCOL\n.endif\n# end add' -e '}' /etc/exim4/exim4.conf.template

Add the below to /etc/exim4/exim4.conf.template inside the .ifdef MAIN_TLS_ENABLE block:

    tls_on_connect_ports = TLS_ON_CONNECT_PORTS

For the lazy:

sudo sed -i -r -e "/\.ifdef MAIN_TLS_ENABLE/ a # added by $(whoami) on $(date +"%Y-%m-%d @ %H:%M:%S")\n.ifdef TLS_ON_CONNECT_PORTS\n    tls_on_connect_ports = TLS_ON_CONNECT_PORTS\n.endif\n# end add" /etc/exim4/exim4.conf.template
  tls_on_connect_ports = TLS_ON_CONNECT_PORTS

Update exim4 configuration to use TLS and then restart the service:

sudo update-exim4.conf
sudo service exim4 restart

If you're using UFW, you'll need to allow outbound traffic on 465. To do this we'll create a custom UFW application profile and then enable it. Create the file /etc/ufw/applications.d/smtptls, add this, then run ufw allow out smtptls comment 'open TLS port 465 for use with SMPT to send e-mails':

For the lazy:

cat << EOF | sudo tee /etc/ufw/applications.d/smtptls
title=SMTP through TLS
description=This opens up the TLS port 465 for use with SMPT to send e-mails.

sudo ufw allow out smtptls comment 'open TLS port 465 for use with SMPT to send e-mails'
title=SMTP through TLS
description=This opens up the TLS port 465 for use with SMPT to send e-mails.

Add some mail aliases so we can send e-mails to local accounts by adding lines like this to /etc/aliases:

You'll need to add all the local accounts that exist on your server.


Test your setup:

echo "test" | mail -s "Test"
sudo tail /var/log/exim4/mainlog

Separate iptables Log File


There will come a time when you'll need to look through your iptables logs. Having all the iptables logs go to their own file will make it a lot easier to find what you're looking for.



The first step is by telling your firewall to prefix all log entries with some unique string. If you're using iptables directly, you would do something like --log-prefix "[IPTABLES] " for all the rules. We took care of this in step step 4 of installing psad.

After you've added a prefix to the firewall logs, we need to tell rsyslog to send those lines to its own file. Do this by creating the file /etc/rsyslog.d/10-iptables.conf and adding this:

:msg, contains, "[IPTABLES] " /var/log/iptables.log
& stop

If you're expecting a lot if data being logged by your firewall, prefix the filename with a - "to omit syncing the file after every logging". For example:

:msg, contains, "[IPTABLES] " -/var/log/iptables.log
& stop

Note: Remember to change the prefix to whatever you use.

For the lazy:

cat << EOF | sudo tee /etc/rsyslog.d/10-iptables.conf
:msg, contains, "[IPTABLES] " /var/log/iptables.log
& stop
:msg, contains, "[IPTABLES] " -/var/log/iptables.log
& stop
:msg, contains, "[IPTABLES] " /var/log/iptables.log
& stop

Since we're logging firewall messages to a different file, we need to tell psad where the new file is. Edit /etc/psad/psad.conf and set IPT_SYSLOG_FILE to the path of the log file. For example:

Note: Remember to change the prefix to whatever you use.

For the lazy:

sudo sed -i -r -e "s/^(IPT_SYSLOG_FILE\s+)([^;]+)(;)$/# \1\2\3       # commented by $(whoami) on $(date +"%Y-%m-%d @ %H:%M:%S")\n\1\/var\/log\/iptables.log\3       # added by $(whoami) on $(date +"%Y-%m-%d @ %H:%M:%S")/" /etc/psad/psad.conf 
IPT_SYSLOG_FILE /var/log/iptables.log;

Restart psad and rsyslog to activate the changes (or reboot):

sudo psad -R
sudo psad --sig-update
sudo psad -H
sudo service rsyslog restart

The last thing we have to do is tell logrotate to rotate the new log file so it doesn't get to big and fill up our disk. Create the file /etc/logrotate.d/iptables and add this:

For the lazy:

cat << EOF | sudo tee /etc/logrotate.d/iptables
    rotate 7
        invoke-rc.d rsyslog rotate > /dev/null
    rotate 7
        invoke-rc.d rsyslog rotate > /dev/null

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A 4-Step Guide to Help Beginners Get Started on Coding Projects

Starting something new is always difficult. When I working on my first coding project, I was wondering where to begin. I wondered what technologies I should use and whether I would come up with a good project idea. Today we will be going over my beginner’s guide to coding projects. I want to help you answer the same questions I asked myself when I worked on my first project. This will be especially helpful for people with little to no experience working on coding projects. If this post is helpful, please consider subscribing to my YouTube channel or check out my other articles for more content like this!

If you do not have any experience coding, that is completely fine! I recommend you take one of these free, online courses that will teach you the fundamentals of programming and a programming language: Java (commonly used to develop Android apps, web backends, etc.), Python (commonly used for data science and backend web development), HTML + CSS + JavaScript (used for frontend and backend web development).

1. Identify Your Technologies

I recommend mostly using technologies you are familiar with. You can use at most one or two new technologies. This will add some challenge to the project to encourage you to pick them up as you go, but will not overwhelm you such that you will not be able to make progress. In addition to establishing technologies, you also want to decide on the format of the project. This could be a web app, mobile app, database project, etc — this may also influence what technologies you need to use.

2. Come Up With an Idea

I recommend keeping things simple here. When I was working on my first project, I would keep questioning my ideas. I kept trying to build something innovative, but eventually, I understood that this was not the goal of the project. I should not judge the success of this project on how many users I have or whether I can build the next billion dollar company with it. The goal of this project is for you to learn and so long as you achieve that, the project is a success. Some common ideas for a first project include a personal website, simple mobile app, or following a tutorial and building on top of that.

3. Work on the Project

You need to find what motivates you to work on the project. You want to be working on it regularly. Also, you will inevitably get stuck trying to figure something out or debugging your project. It is important to remember that everyone faces this and that there are plenty of resources out there to help. For example, simply searching the question you have or the error message you received can yield answers. Websites such as Stack Overflow were built to allow the community to help coders who are encountering a blocker. Use these sites to get unblocked and you will be on your way to completing that project.

4. Share Your Project on GitHub

GitHub is a website that allows anyone to view and collaborate on open source projects. GitHub splits these up into repositories of files that make up the project itself. If you have never used git (a version control system) or GitHub, then I recommend reading this guide which will run you through the basics.

Once your project is complete, you should put up your project in one or more repositories on GitHub. This helps for two main reasons. First, you can easily share your projects with others. All it takes is sharing the link to your GitHub profile on your resume for recruiters, hiring managers, interviewers, and more to view your projects. Second, if you are working on a website, GitHub pages takes care of hosting the website for you. All you need to do is upload your files to a GitHub repository, set it up with GitHub pages, and your website will be published at

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