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|Lynis--A Cool System Audit Tool|
|Security - Security Tools|
by Donnie Tevault
Lynis is a handy, simple-to-use security auditing tool by Michael Boelen, who also wrote Rootkit Hunter. It's free GPL-licensed software that can be used on Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, PcBSD, Mac OSX, or Solaris. Here are some of the things for which Lynis can test:
The documentation is well-written, so you shouldn't have any trouble following it.
One thing that makes Lynis so easy to use is that you don't have to install it. You can just untar the source file into your home directory, and run the program from there. You can also run the program from either a USB "thumb" drive or a floppy disk. (That makes it very handy for field work.)
If you do want to actually install Lynis, so that it can be available for all users, the documentation makes suggestions on how to do it. The author's website also has links to unofficial installation packages for different Linux distros.
And, here's how it looks in action. . .
As I've said, it's a handy little tool, and is very simple to use. Whether your interest is in home or enterprise computer security, it's definitely worth a look-see.
Download it for free from the author's web site, at: