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Linux Proliferation Raises Security & Compliance Alerts

Posted November 16, 2010    Peter McCalister

The Linux Foundation recently conducted a survey of Linux users who represent the largest enterprise companies and government agencies. The survey found that Linux is poised for growth in the coming years, with 76.4 percent of companies planning to add more Linux servers in the next year.

Linux workloads are also changing, with 60.2 percent of respondents claiming that they plan to use Linux for more mission-critical workloads than they have in the past. Since Linux is on the brink of a usage explosion and considering that a large portion of Linux resources are going to be used for mission-critical workloads, enterprises must ensure that proper security and compliance planning is being transitioned in with the new Linux systems.

A first step that should be taken is implementing a solution that has the ability to delegate granular (least) privileges and authorization without disclosing the root password for Linux platforms. By protecting the root password from misuse of privileged access, an enterprise will be able to meet the security and compliance demands of a Linux server and desktop explosion.

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PowerBroker for Unix & Linux helps prevent Shellshock

Posted September 25, 2014    Paul Harper

Like many other people who tinker with UNIX and Linux on a regular basis, BASH has always been my shell of choice.  Dating back to the early days moving from Windows to a non-Windows platform, mapping the keys correctly to allow easy navigation and control helped ensure an explosion of use for the shell. Unfortunately,…

Bash “Shellshock” Vulnerability – Retina Updates

Posted September 24, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

A major vulnerability was recently discovered within bash which allows arbitrary command execution via specially crafted environment variables. This is possible due to the fact that bash supports the assignment of shell functions to shell variables. When bash parses environment shell functions, it continues parsing even after the closing brace of the function definition. If…

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7 Reasons Customers Switch to Password Safe for Privileged Password Management

Posted September 24, 2014    Chris Burd

It’s clear that privileged password management tools are essential for keeping mission-critical data, servers and assets safe and secure. However, as I discussed in my previous post, there are several pitfalls to look out for when deploying a privileged password management solution. At this point, you may be wondering how BeyondTrust stacks up. With that,…

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