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September 23rd, 2016

Posted In: Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server

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Encrypting a volume in OS X couldn’t be easier. In this article, we will look at three ways to encrypt OS X El Capitan volumes in OS X Server 5. The reason there are three ways is that booted volumes and non-booted volumes have different methods for enabling encryption.

Encrypting Attached Storage

For non-boot volumes, just control-click or right-click on them and then click on Encrypt “VOLUMENAME” where the name of the volume is in quotes.

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When prompted, provide an encryption password for the volume, verify that password and if you so choose, provide a hint.

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Once the encryption process has begun, the entry previously clicked on says Encrypting “VOLUMENAME” where the name of the volume is in quotes.

Before you can encrypt a volume from the command line you must first convert it to CoreStorage if it isn’t already. As volumes on external disks aren’t likely to be CoreStorage, let’s check using diskutil along with corestorage and then list:

diskutil corestorage list

Assuming your volume was already formatted with a non-corestorage format and isn’t listed, locate the volume and document the disk identifier (in this case disk2s3). Then, run diskutil corestorage along with the convert verb and the disk, as follows (no need to run this command if it’s already listed):

sudo diskutil corestorage convert disk2s3

The output should look similar to the following:

Started CoreStorage operation on disk2s3 Reco
Resizing disk to fit Core Storage headers
Creating Core Storage Logical Volume Group
Attempting to unmount disk2s3
Switching disk2s3 to Core Storage
Waiting for Logical Volume to appear
Mounting Logical Volume
Core Storage LVG UUID: 19D34AAA-498A-44FC-99A5-3E719D3DB6FB
Core Storage PV UUID: 2639E13A-250D-4510-889A-3EEB3B7F065C
Core Storage LV UUID: 4CC5881F-88B3-42DD-B540-24AA63952E31
Core Storage disk: disk4
Finished CoreStorage operation on disk2s3 Reco

Once converted, the LV UUID (LV is short for Logical Volume) can be used to encrypt the logical volume using a password of crowbar to unlock it:

sudo diskutil corestorage encryptvolume 4CC5881F-88B3-42DD-B540-24AA63952E31 -passphrase crowbar

The output is similar to the following:

Started CoreStorage operation on disk4 Reco
Scheduling encryption of Core Storage Logical Volume
Core Storage LV UUID: 4CC5881F-88B3-42DD-B540-24AA63952E31
Finished CoreStorage operation on disk4 Reco

According to the size, this process can take some time. Monitor the progress using the corestorage list option:

diskutil corestorage list

In all of these commands, replace core storage w/ cs for less typing. I’ll use the shortened version as I go. I know that we rarely change passwords, but sometimes it needs to happen. If it needs to happen on a core storage encrypted volume, this can be done from the command line or a script. To do so, use diskutil cs with the changevolumepassphrase option. We’ll use -oldpassphrase to provide the old password and -newpassphrase to provide the new passphrase.

diskutil cs changeVolumePassphrase FC6D57CD-15FC-4A9A-B9D7-F7CF26312E00 -oldpassphrase crowbar -newpassphrase hedeservedit

I continue to get prompted when I send the -newpassphrase, so I’ve taken to using stdin , using -stdinpassphrase. Once encrypted there will occasionally come a time for decrypting, or removing the encryption, from a volume. It’s worth noting that neither encrypting or decrypting requires erasing. To decrypt, use the decryptVolume verb, again with the -passphrase option:

diskutil cs decryptvolume 4CC5881F-88B3-42DD-B540-24AA63952E31 -passphrase crowbar

FileVault 2: Encrypting Boot Volumes

Boot volumes are configured a bit differently. This is namely because the boot volume requires FileVault 2, which unifies usernames and passwords with the encryption so that users enter one username and password rather than unlocking drives. To configure FileVault 2, open the Security & Privacy System Preference pane and then click on the FileVault tab. Click on the lock to make changes and then provide the password for an administrative account of the system. Then, click on “Turn On FileVault…”

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You’ll then be prompted to restart; do so to begin the encryption process.

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When prompted, choose whether to create a key or save the key to iCloud. In most cases, on a server, you’ll want to create a recovery key and save it to a very safe place.

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When prompted with the Recovery Key, document it and then click on Continue. Choose whether to restore the recovery key with Apple. If you will be storing the key with Apple then provide the AppleID. Otherwise, simply click the bullet for “Do not store the recovery key with Apple” and then click on the Continue button.

When prompted, click on Restart to reboot and be prompted for the first account that can unlock the FileVaulted system.

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Once encrypted, the FileVault tab in the Security & Privacy System Preference pane shows the encryption status, or percent during encryption.

That’s it. Managing FileVault 2 using the System Preferences is about as easy as it can get. But for those who require mass management, Apple has provided a tool called fdesetup for that as well.

Using fdesetup with FileVault 2

FileVault 2 now comes with a nifty configuration utility called fdesetup. To use fdesetup to encrypt the boot volume, first check FileVault’s status by entering the fdesetup command along with the –status option (wait, no — required any more!):

fdesetup status

As with most other commands, read the help page before starting to use just in case there are any changes to it between the writing of this article and when you kick off your automated encryption. Done using the help verb:

fdesetup help

After confirming FileVault is off, enable FileVault with the enable option, as follows:

sudo fdesetup enable

Unless additional parameters are specified, an interactive session prompts for the primary user’s short name and password. Once enabled, a Recovery key is returned by the fdesetup command. You can also cancel this by just hitting Control-C so we can look at more complicated iterations of the command. It should be recorded or otherwise stored, something easily done by mounting in a script (e.g. a write-only share in a script for key escrowing). If more complicated measures are needed, of course check out Cauliflower Vest at code.google.com. The fdesetup command is now at version 2.36:

fdesetup version

Now, if you run fdesetup and you’ve deployed a master keychain then you’re going to have a little more work to do; namely point the -keychain command at the actual keychain. For example:

sudo fdesetup enable -keychain /Library/Keychains/FileVaultMaster.keychain

To define a certificate:

sudo fdesetup enable -certificate /temp/filename.cer

Adding additional users other than the one who enabled fdesetup is a bit different than the first:

sudo fdesetup add -usertoadd robin

To remove users, just remove them with a remove verb followed by the -user option and the username:

sudo fdesetup remove -user robin

The remove and add options also offer using the -uuid rather than the username. Let’s look at Robin’s uid :

dscl . read /Users/robin GeneratedUID | cut -c 15-50

Yes, I used cut. If you have a problem with that then take your judgmental fuc… Nevermind. Take that GUID and plug it in as the uuid using the -uuid option. For example, to do so with the remove verb:

sudo fdesetup remove -uuid 31E609D5-39CF-4A42-9F24-CFA2B36F5532

Or for good measure, we can basically replicate -user w/ -uuid for a nice stupid human trick:

sudo fdesetup remove -uuid `dscl . read /Users/robin GeneratedUID | cut -c 15-50`

All of the fdesetup commands can be run interactively or using options to define the variables otherwise provided in the interactive prompt. These are defined well in the man page. Finally, let’s look at -defer. Using -defer, you can run the fdesetup tool at the next login, write the key to a plist and then grab it with a script of some sort later.

sudo fdesetup enable -defer /temp/fdesetupescrow.plist

Or define users concurrently (continuing to use the robin test user):

sudo fdesetup enable -user robin -defer /temp/fdesetupescrow.plist

FileVault accounts can also use accounts from Directory Services automatically. These need to synchronize with the Directory Service routinely as data is cached. To do so:

sudo fdesetup sync

This is really just scratching the surface of what you can do with fdesetup. The definitive source for which is the man page as well as a nicely done article by Rich Trouton.

Encrypting Time Machine Backups

The last full disk encryption to discuss is Time Machine. To encrypt Time Machine backups, use Time Machine’s System Preference pane. The reason for this being that doing so automatically maintains mounting information in the Operating System, rather than potentially having an encrypted drive’s password get lost or not entered and therefore not have backups run.

To enable disk encryption for Time Machine destinations, open the Time Machine System Preference pane and click on Select Backup Disk… From the backup disk selection screen, choose your backup target and then check the box for “Encrypt backups”. Then, click on Use Disk.

At the overlay screen, provide a backup password twice and if you would like, a hint as to what that password is. When you are satisfied with your passwords, click on the Encrypt Disk button.

Now, there are a couple of things to know here. 1. Don’t forget that password. 2. If you use an institutional FileVault Key then still don’t forget that password as it will not work. 3. Don’t forget that password…

Scripty CLI Stuff

We’ve always been able to enable FileVault using scripts thanks to fdesetup but now Apple’s taken some of the difficulty out of configuring recovery keys. This comes in the form of the changerecovery, haspersonalrecoverykey, hasinstitutionalkey, usingrecoverykey and validate recovery options. These options all revolve around one idea: make it easier to deploy centrally managed keys that can be used to unlock encrypted volumes in the event that such an action is required. There’s also a -recoverykey option, which indicates the number of the key if a recovery key is being used.

To use the fdesetup command to check whether a computer has a personal recovery key use the haspersonalrecoverykey verb, as follows:

fdesetup haspersonalrecoverykey

The output will be a simple true or false exit. To use the fdesetup command to check whether a computer has an institutional recovery key, use the hasinstitutionalrecoverykey verb, as follows:

fdesetup hasinstitutionalrecoverykey

To enable a specific personal recovery key, provide it using the changerecovery verb, as follows:

fdesetup changerecovery -personal

This is an interactive command, so when prompted, provide the appropriate personal key. The removerecovery verb can also be used to remove keys. And my favorite, validaterecovery is used to check on whether or not a recovery key will work to unlock a host; which can be tied into something like an extension attribute in Casper in order to store a key and then validate the key every week or 4. This helps to make sure that systems are manageable if something happens.

The enable verb also has a new -authrestart which does an authenticated reboot after enabling FileVault. Before using the -authrestart option, check that a system can actually run it by using fdesetup with the supportsauthrestart verb and it will exit on true or false.

Defer mode is nothing new, where FileVault waits until a user password is provided; however, a new verb is available called showdeferralinfo which shows information about deferral mode. This is most helpful as a sanity check so you don’t go running commands you already ran or doing things to systems that have already been provided with tasks to perform otherwise.

Conclusion

Encrypting data in OS X can take on other forms as well. The keychains encrypt passwords and other objects. Additionally, you can still create encrypted dmgs and many file types have built in encryption as well. But the gist is that Apple encrypts a lot. They also sandbox a lot and with the addition of gatekeeper are code signing a lot. But encrypting volumes and disks is mostly about physical security, which these types of encryption provide a substantial solution for.

While all this security might seem like a lot, it’s been in Apple’s DNA for a long time and really security is about layers and the Mac Systems Administrator batbelt needs a lot of items to allow us to adapt to the changing landscape of security threats. OS X is becoming a little more like iOS as can be expected and so I would suspect that encryption will become more and more transparent as time goes on. Overall, the options allow encrypting every piece of data that goes anywhere near a system. The mechanisms with which data is now encrypted are secure, as is the data at rest. Once data is decrypted, features like Gatekeeper and the application layer firewall supplement traditional network encryption to keep well secured.

October 10th, 2015

Posted In: Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security, Mass Deployment

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Popped in a list of Linux bash commands here: http://krypted.com/commands/linux-bash-commands/

January 24th, 2015

Posted In: Ubuntu

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After writing up the presentation for MacSysAdmin in Sweden, I decided to go ahead and throw these into a quick cheat sheet for anyone who’d like to have them all in one place. Good luck out there, and stay salty.

Get an ip address for en0:

ipconfig getifaddr en0

Same thing, but setting and echoing a variable:

ip=`ipconfig getifaddr en0` ; echo $ip

View the subnet mask of en0:

ipconfig getoption en0 subnet_mask

View the dns server for en0:

ipconfig getoption en0 domain_name_server

Get information about how en0 got its dhcp on:

ipconfig getpacket en1

View some network info:

ifconfig en0

Set en0 to have an ip address of 10.10.10.10 and a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0:

ifconfig en0 inet 10.10.10.10 netmask 255.255.255.0

Show a list of locations on the computer:

networksetup -listlocations

Obtain the active location the system is using:

networksetup -getcurrentlocation

Create a network location called Work and populate it with information from the active network connection:

networksetup -createlocation Work populate

Delete a network location called Work:

networksetup -deletelocation Work

Switch the active location to a location called Work:

networksetup -switchlocation Work

Switch the active location to a location called Work, but also show the GUID of that location so we can make scripties with it laters:

scselect Work

List all of the network interfaces on the system:

networksetup -listallnetworkservices

Rename the network service called Ethernet to the word Wired:

networksetup -renamenetworkservice Ethernet Wired

Disable a network interface:

networksetup -setnetworkserviceenabled off

Change the order of your network services:

networksetup -ordernetworkservices “Wi-Fi” “USB Ethernet”

Set the interface called Wi-Fi to obtain it if it isn’t already

networksetup -setdhcp Wi-Fi

Renew dhcp leases:

ipconfig set en1 BOOTP && ipconfig set en1 DHCP
ifconfig en1 down && ifconfig en1 up

Renew a dhcp lease in a script:

echo "add State:/Network/Interface/en0/RefreshConfiguration temporary" | sudo scutil

Configure a manual static ip address:

networksetup -setmanual Wi-Fi 10.0.0.2 255.255.255.0 10.0.0.1

Configure the dns servers for a given network interface:

networksetup -setdnsservers Wi-Fi 10.0.0.2 10.0.0.3

Obtain the dns servers used on the Wi-Fi interface:

networksetup -getdnsservers Wi-Fi

Stop the application layer firewall:

launchctl unload /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.alf.useragent.plist
launchctl unload /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.alf.agent.plist

Start the application layer firewall:

launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.alf.agent.plist
launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.alf.useragent.plist

Allow an app to communicate outside the system through the application layer firewall:

socketfilterfw -t
“/Applications/FileMaker Pro/FileMaker Pro.app/Contents/MacOS/FileMaker Pro”

See the routing table of a Mac:

netstat -nr

Add a route so that traffic for 10.0.0.0/32 communicates over the 10.0.9.2 network interface:

route -n add 10.0.0.0/32 10.0.9.2

Log bonjour traffic at the packet level:

sudo killall -USR2 mDNSResponder

Stop Bonjour:

launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.mDNSResponder.plist


Start Bojour:

launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.mDNSResponder.plist

Put a delay in your pings:

ping -i 5 192.168.210.1

Ping the hostname 5 times and then stop the ping:

ping -c 5 google.com

Flood ping the host:

ping -f localhost

Set the packet size during your ping:

ping -s 100 google.com

Customize the source IP during your ping:

ping -S 10.10.10.11 google.com

View disk performance:

iostat -d disk0

Get information about the airport connection on your system:

/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/Versions/A/Resources/airport -I

Scan the available Wireless networks:

/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/Versions/A/Resources/airport -s

Trace the path packets go through:

traceroute google.com

Trace the routes without looking up names:

traceroute -n google.com

Trace a route in debug mode:

traceroute -d google.com

View information on all sockets:

netstat -at

View network information for ipv6:

netstat -lt

View per protocol network statistics:

netstat -s

View the statistics for a specific network protocol:

netstat -p igmp

Show statistics for network interfaces:

netstat -i

View network information as it happens (requires ntop to be installed):

ntop

Scan port 80 of www.google.com

/System/Library/CoreServices/Applications/Network\ Utility.app/Contents/Resources/stroke www.google.com 80 80

Port scan krypted.com stealthily:

nmap -sS -O krypted.com/24

Establish a network connection with www.apple.com:

nc -v www.apple.com 80

Establish a network connection with gateway.push.apple.com over port 2195

/usr/bin/nc -v -w 15 gateway.push.apple.com 2195

Establish a network connection with feedback.push.apple.com only allowing ipv4

/usr/bin/nc -v -4 feedback.push.apple.com 2196

Setup a network listener on port 2196 for testing:

/usr/bin/nc -l 2196

Capture some packets:

tcpdump -nS

Capture all the packets:

tcpdump -nnvvXS

Capture the packets for a given port:

tcpdump -nnvvXs 548

Capture all the packets for a given port going to a given destination of 10.0.0.48:

tcpdump -nnvvXs 548 dst 10.0.0.48

Capture the packets as above but dump to a pcap file:

tcpdump -nnvvXs 548 dst 10.0.0.48 -w /tmp/myfile.pcap

Read tcpdump (cap) files and try to make them human readable:

tcpdump -qns 0 -A -r /var/tmp/capture.pcap

What binaries have what ports and in what states are those ports:

lsof -n -i4TCP

Make an alias for looking at what has a listener open, called ports:

alias ports='lsof -n -i4TCP | grep LISTEN'

Report back the name of the system:

hostname

Flush the dns cache:

dscacheutil -flushcache

Clear your arp cache:

arp -ad

View how the Server app interprets your network settings:

serveradmin settings network

Whitelist the ip address 10.10.10.2:

/Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/usr/libexec/afctl -w 10.10.10.2

Finally, the script network_info.sh shows information about a Macs network configuration. Both active and inactive network interfaces are listed, in the order that they are used by the OS and with a lot of details (MAC-address, interface name, router, subnet mask etc.).

September 25th, 2014

Posted In: Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security, Mass Deployment, Network Infrastructure

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One of my favorite tools for penetration testing is Nessus from Tenable Network Security. Nessus 5 is the latest release in the family of vulnerability scanners that is probably amongst the most prolific. Nessus 5 does discovery, configuration auditing, profiling, looks at patch management and performs vulnerability analysis on a variety of platforms. Nessus can also run on a Linux, Windows or Mac OS X and can be used to scan and keep track of vulnerabilities for practically any platform, including Mac OS X.

To install Nessus, go to the Nessus site and click on the Download button, around the middle of the page. Agree to the download agreement and then choose the version that is right for you (Mac OS X in this case).

Download Nessus for Mac OS X

Download Nessus for Mac OS X

The software will then download and need to be installed. Once downloaded, open the Nessus dmg and extract it. Inside will be the Nessus 5 package installer.

The Nessus Installer pkg

The Nessus Installer pkg

Open the installer and click through the defaults to perform a basic installation.

Installing Nessus

Installing Nessus

Once done, you’ll have the Nessus Server Manager and Nessus Client.url in a Nessus folder in the Applications directory.

The Nessus Applications

The Nessus Applications

Open the Nessus Server Manager and authenticate as an administrator when prompted. When you downloaded the software you would have been prompted for registration. Provide that information in the registration field. Then click on Update plugins to make sure all of the Nessus plugins are running the latest version. Finally, click on Manager Users… to create your users.

Nessus Server Configuration

Nessus Server Configuration

At the list of Nessus users, click on the plus sign and create a new user, likely making the user an admin (I see few vulnerability scanning stations that have non-administrative users, which would just be for viewing reports and the such). Click Save to create the user and then close at the List of users screen.

Create Nessus Users

Create Nessus Users

If the Nessus server isn’t started, click on Start Nessus Server. Then click on the Nessus Client.url file back where the Nessus Server manager was accessed. At the Nessus login screen, provide the username and password for the Nessus server that was previously created.

Authenticate to Nessus

Authenticate to Nessus

Once authenticated, you will be placed in the Scans screen. Before we configure any scans, we’re first going to create a Policy (which defines how a scan operates for the most part). To do so, click on Policies and then click on the Add button. There are four policy tabs (aligned on the left sidebar). In the General pane, you will configure the name for the Policy, “Mac Servers” in this example. Then we’re going to check the boxes in the Scan section for Designate Hosts by their DNS Name, Log Scan Details to Server, Stop Host Scan on Disconnect and Avoid Sequential Scans. Then check the boxes in the Port Scanners section for TCP, SYN, SNMP, Netstat SSH and Ping Host. Leave the Port Scan Range set to default and the Performance options at their default values as well. These are useful when you’re done tinkerating to get better performance out of the system, but we’re not really there just yet.

Nessus' General Policy Settings

Nessus' General Policy Settings

Click on the Next button to define any credentials you’ll use during scans. Initially, I’d leave this blank, although you can provide SMB information for up to 4 accounts to see what kind of access users have. You can also define Kerberos, SSH and various cleartext credentials as well. We’re going to skip that for now and click Next to define the Plugins.

Giving Nessus Credentials To Your Boxen

Giving Nessus Credentials To Your Boxen

At the Plugins screen, we’re initially going to leave all of the plugins on. The reason for this is that many of the Lion Server services are similar to those of the various Unix and Linux variants and we can scan SMB with the Windows plugins. These can’t hurt, they might just waste a little time though. Clicking on a Family and then a plugin will show you what each does. Clicking on the green light for each will disable it.

Choosing Nessus Plugins

Choosing Nessus Plugins

Click on Preferences and define any preferences that you need. Amongst the plugin preferences I usually enable network printer scanning, CGI scanning, Enable experimental scripts, set my Report verbosity to Verbose, provide any certificates needed and then hit Submit to create the new Policy.

Defining Nessus Options

Defining Nessus Options

Next, let’s click back on Scans in the navigation bar on the screen. As you can see here, I’ve created a few template scans, but we’re going to create a new one by clicking on the Add button.

Adding A Nessus Template

Adding A Nessus Template

Provide a name for the scan and then choose the Policy you just created. Set the Type to Run Now (since we’re just testing) and put the IP address of a target into the Scan Targets field. You can also import a large set of targets using the Brows button and a csv file or use Schedule or Template rather than Run Now in the Type field to schedule scans or create a template scan. Click Launch to kick off the first scan.

Running a Manual Test Scan

Running a Manual Test Scan

Once started, click on the Reports button in the top nav bar to see the status of the scan.

Completed Nessus Scan

Completed Nessus Scan

Once the scan is finished, click on the scan to see a list of vulnerabilities and open ports, sorted by the severity of issues. Here, double-click on the host.

Nessus Scan Results Overview

Nessus Scan Results Overview

The Report screen then shows each service and the vulnerabilities found for that service. Click on one of the vulnerabilities to see what Nessus thinks is problematic with it.

Nessus' Service List

Nessus' Service List

Now for the fun part. Each of the vulnerabilities listed will have CVEs attached.

Nessus Vulnerability Listing

Nessus Vulnerability Listing

By default, Nessus is just looking at the service banners to determine vulnerabilities. If you look up the CVE at CVE Details or PacketStorm you’ll see that it was patched a few months ago by most vendors. Now Nessus can get things wrong with Mac OS X. The issue is that Apple forks the code for many open source projects, not always updating version numbers on banners. Looking up or testing whether a vulnerability is still applicable can be tedious but would likely need to be done per service according to your internal security policies.

An easy way to test these vulnerabilities is to use Metasploit, a tool I’m long overdue to write an article on. Another way is to try and run the exploit against the host. Apple does a pretty good job of addressing CVEs in their security updates, so don’t waste a lot of time trying things if Apple has already patched them. I have found a really good tool for automatically attempting to exploit via msf + nessus to be Carlos Perez’ auto exploit tool, available on github.

Finally, Nessus is a great tool for scripting. One of the big differences that throws off many an experienced Nessus operator off with the version for the Mac is the location of the Nessus binaries. They are in /Library/Nessus/run/bin. In here you’ll find nasal, nessus, nessus-fetch, nessuscmd etc. The command line control here is pretty awesome. Let’s run nessuscmd to scan a net mask of hosts (192.168.210.0/24):

sudo /Library/Nessus/run/bin/nessuscmd 192.168.210.0/24

There are tons of other options for nessuscmd, such as adding ssh keys, smb logins, scanner options, using a remote nessus server, etc. Or use the nessus binary to kick off scans using a nessus config file. The nessus.conf file is also stored in the /Library/Nessus/run/etc/nessus directory, worth looking into.

February 23rd, 2012

Posted In: Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security, Mass Deployment

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Troubleshooting the network is faster and more thorough when it is done using the command line. Here are some simple command-line utilities that can perform a variety of tasks that can help when administering many services and multiuser environments:

  • Whoami lists the user you are currently logged in as from the command line.
  • Who lists the users logged onto your system.
  • Id shows a list of all defined users and groups whether they are actually logged in.
  • Groups <userid> shows a list of all the groups a user is in.
  • Whois lists ownership information for domains.
  • Hostname lists the name of the computer you are currently working on. You can also use hostname to set the name of the computer.
  • Ifconfig is used to show you information about your network adapter.
  • Dig is a utility for interrogating DNS servers. It is used to ask a DNS server for a type of record and provide the information for the DNS server.
  • Netstat is a highly configurable tool that can show you the status of your network interfaces. This can help administrators break down which IP addresses are connecting to servers, the name of the system using the IP address, and the ports users are accessing the server over.
  • Ping sends a request to a system. If the system supports the ability to respond, then the system will do so. Ping can be used to check the availability of a system and make sure data can reliably make it to the system being pinged.
  • Traceroute is a utility for tracing where data goes through the Internet to get to a specified destination. The traceroute command is useful when troubleshooting connectivity issues between two locations.

October 10th, 2009

Posted In: Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Network Infrastructure, Ubuntu, Unix

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