26 November 2010

The Evolution of MandY

The evolution of Mandriva, or is that Mandrake...? I'm not sure, But I know I find it easy to use and easy to configure. http://mageia.org/en/
From web browsing, file managing, database and/or presentations, to spread-sheets with graphs. It's all here. "Back-up able" and "recoverable". tip; use a filesystem that is recoverable, encrypted or not.
You can decide on a media centric install, or a web-media (rss-wget-rsync) centric, maybe a science centric install......?GlennsPref@gmail.com

Works for me ;) GW

04 November 2010

Mandriva security and sudo

Mandriva security and sudo, MSEC. GlennsPref@gmail.com

Hi, I've read some discussions here and elsewhere about Mandriva security and the use of sudo.

As well as editing /etc/sudoers, and making yourself ($USER) part of the wheel group, you may require a tighter security than that of the default Mandriva system setup.

Warning! This is a one user system, so some selections may not apply to your system, be careful, if you don't know what a setting does Leave it at the default.

I've been using Mandriva for a few years now, and I generally do these tasks mentioned here, with every update of sudo and the MSEC tool packages.

To be honest I don't know where the config file is for MSEC, and that may be just as well. ;-)
So to ease my fingers and kb, I have snapshots (.png) of the settings I have made.

After you've done all of this, a reboot is required to put the settings in place, ( like sudo
and group changes).

# sudoers file.
# This file MUST be edited with the 'visudo' command as root.
# Failure to use 'visudo' may result in syntax or file permission errors
# that prevent sudo from running.
# See the sudoers man page for the details on how to write a sudoers file.

# Host alias specification

# User alias specification

# Cmnd alias specification

# Defaults specification

# Runas alias specification

# User privilege specification
root ALL=(ALL) ALL

# Uncomment to allow people in group wheel to run all commands
%wheel ALL=(ALL) ALL

# Same thing without a password

# Samples
%users ALL=/sbin/mount /cdrom,/sbin/umount /cdrom
%users localhost=/sbin/shutdown -h now














Don't forget to reboot for permission changes for groups and sudo.

I hope this helps you, Regards Glenn :-)