How to Install Logwatch on CentOS 6

Logwatch is a Perl-based log management tool for analyzing, summarizing, and reporting on a server’s log files. It is most often used to send a short digest of server’s log activity to a system administrator.

What are log files? Logs are application-generated files useful for tracking down and understanding what has happened in the past.

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  • These instructions are intended specifically for installing the Logwatch on CentOS 6.
  • I’ll be working from a Liquid Web Core Managed CentOS 6.5 server, and I’ll be logged in as root.

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How to Install the MongoDB PHP Driver (Extension) on CentOS 6

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  • I’ll be working from a Liquid Web Core Managed CentOS 6.5 server, and I’ll be logged in as root.

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How to Add a User and Grant Root Privileges on CentOS 6.5

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  • These instructions are intended specifically for adding a user on CentOS 6.5.
  • I’ll be working from a Liquid Web Core Managed CentOS 6.5 server, and I’ll be logged in as root.

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How to View Logs for a Docker Container

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  • As of June 2014 Docker has officially released v1.0.0.
  • These instructions are intended for viewing logs for Docker containers.
  • I’ll be working from a Liquid Web Core Managed CentOS 6.6 server (or CentOS 7, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Fedora 20, Fedora 21), and I’ll be logged in as root.

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Update and Patch OpenSSL on CentOS for the CCS Injection Vulnerability

What is OpenSSL?

OpenSSL is a common cryptographic library which provides encryption, specifically SSL/TLS, for popular applications such as Apache (web), MySQL (database), e-mail, virtual private networks (VPNs), and more.

What is “the CCS Injection Vulnerability”?

The ChangeCipherSpec (CCS) Injection Vulnerability is a moderately severe vulnerability in OpenSSL, known formally as “SSL/TLS MITM vulnerability (CVE-2014-0224)“. As of June 05, 2014, a security advisory was released by OpenSSL.org, along with versions of OpenSSL that fix this vulnerability.

What are the risks?

This vulnerability is likely not as severe as the Heartbleed Bug. In some circumstances, this flaw allows an attacker to conduct a man-in-the-middle attack on servers running vulnerable versions of OpenSSL. The attacker would be required to intercept and alter network traffic, and do so in real time, to exploit the flaw; in that case, the attacker could potentially view and/or modify the otherwise secured traffic.

What do I do?
  • Update OpenSSL and reboot your server immediately.
  • After the server has been rebooted, change all passwords associated with the server.
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  • These instructions are intended for patching OpenSSL on CentOS 6 against the “SSL/TLS MITM vulnerability (CVE-2014-0224)“.
  • I’ll be working from a Liquid Web Core Managed CentOS 6.5 server, and I’ll be logged in as root.

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How To Change the SNMP Port on CentOS

SNMP 101: The Basics
I. How To Install and Configure SNMP on CentOS
II. How To Change the SNMP Port on CentOS
Introduction

SNMP, or Simple Network Management Protocol, is widely used to communicate with and monitor network devices, servers, and more, all via IP. In the previous article we installed an SNMP agent on a CentOS 6.5 server. This agent allows for collection of data from our server, and makes the information available to a remote SNMP manager. To add a little security, we’ll now change the port that SNMP listens on.

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  • These instructions are intended for changing the SNMP port.
  • I’ll be working from a Liquid Web Core Managed CentOS 6.5 server, and I’ll be logged in as root.
  • SNMP is installed and configured per the tutorial on How To Install and Configure SNMP on CentOS.

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How To Install and Configure SNMP on CentOS

SNMP 101: The Basics
I. How To Install and Configure SNMP on CentOS
II. How To Change the SNMP Port on CentOS

Introduction

SNMP, or Simple Network Management Protocol, is widely used to communicate with and monitor network devices, servers, and more, all via IP. In this case, we’ll be installing an SNMP agent on a CentOS 6.5 server, which will allow for collection of data from our server, and make the information available to a remote SNMP manager.

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  • These instructions are intended for installing SNMP and doing a very basic configuration.
  • I’ll be working from a Liquid Web Core Managed CentOS 6.5 server, and I’ll be logged in as root.

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How to Commit Changes and Create Docker Images

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  • As of June 2014 Docker has officially released v1.0.0.
  • These instructions are intended for committing changes to Docker containers.
  • I’ll be working from a Liquid Web Core Managed CentOS 6.6 server (or CentOS 7, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Fedora 20, Fedora 21), and I’ll be logged in as root.
  • In the previous tutorials in this series we’ve installed Docker and got a container running, and then we listed which containers were running, and attached to a running Fedora container.

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How To List and Attach to Docker Containers

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  • As of June 2014 Docker has officially released v1.0.0.
  • These instructions are intended for listing and attaching to Docker containers.
  • I’ll be working from a Liquid Web Core Managed CentOS 6.6 server (or CentOS 7, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Fedora 20, Fedora 21), and I’ll be logged in as root.
  • I have one Docker container running.

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How To Install Docker on CentOS 6

Introduction

Docker is a container-based software framework for automating deployment of applications. “Containers” are encapsulated, lightweight, and portable application modules.

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  • As of June 2014 Docker has officially released v1.0.0.
  • These instructions are intended for installing Docker.
  • I’ll be working from a Liquid Web Core Managed CentOS 6.5 server, and I’ll be logged in as root.

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