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Auditing Linux: Software Packages and Managers

Article about how to audit and check installed software packages and their security by using the related package managers.

Summary of Auditing Linux: Software Packages and Managers

No system can do its job without any installed software packages. However after installation of the system, or running it for a while, it often becomes unclear why some software was ever installed. This article looks at methods on auditing installed software, check for security updates and the related follow-up. Package managers To enable system administrators to properly manage software and upgrading them, Linux uses a package manager. This suite often consists of a package database, the software packages itself and several support tools.

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Discover to which package a file belongs to

With the right Linux software tools, it is easy to find to which package a file belongs. Or the opposite, what files are part of an installed package.

Summary of Discover to which package a file belongs to

Sometimes you want to know the related package of a file, before installation, or when it is already there. This is of great help during system hardening or general system cleanups. In this article we have a look at several ways to determine the relationships between files and the package they belong to. We have gathered this information for multiple Linux distributions. Most options used in this article have also a long format option.

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Yum plugins: Available plugins and built-in security support

To determine the available yum plugins, we analyze them for our goal: discovering if security support is in the yum plugins itself or built-in by default.

Summary of Yum plugins: Available plugins and built-in security support

Enhancing yum Determine available plugins and built-in security support To enhance the support in our auditing tool Lynis, we wanted to know if yum supports security related functions by using a plugin or having it as built-in functionality. Yum Yum, or Yellowdog Updater Modified, is a software management tool for Linux based systems. Usually it is used on systems running SuSE or Red Hat based (like RHEL, Fedora or CentOS). Plugins extend the functionality of yum, to improve its functionality.

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