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  Linux web browser station (formerly "The Linux Public Web
  Browser mini-HOWTO")
  Anton Chuvakin,
  v0.0.5 10 October 2000

  Describes the setup of Internet kiosk-type system based on Linux to be
  deployed to provide public Internet/webmail access.

  Table of Contents

  1. Introduction

     1.1 Disclaimer
     1.2 Credits
     1.3 New versions of this document
     1.4 Changes Fri Sep 22 14:32:32 EDT 2000
     1.5 TODO
     1.6 Feedback
     1.7 Copyright information

  2. OLD GUIDE: The Linux Public Web Browser mini-HOWTO by Donald B. Marti Jr.,

     2.1 Copyright and Disclaimer
     2.2 Introduction
     2.3 Before you begin
        2.3.1 You need a graphical browser
        2.3.2 You need to be able to add an account
        2.3.3 You need
     2.4 Add the guest account
     2.5 Create or edit the following files in
        2.5.1 File name:
        2.5.2 File name:
        2.5.3 File name:
        2.5.4 File name:
     2.6 Make a
     2.7 Try it
     2.8 Changing preferences

  3. NEW GUIDE:  Step-by-step guide

     3.1 Install RH
     3.2 Clean-up packages
     3.3 Install ssh
     3.4 Make a boot floppy
     3.5 Modify configs
     3.6 Create user
     3.7 Change Netscape settings
     3.8 Chown the home directory
     3.9 Config lilo
     3.10 REMOVE binaries
     3.11 Physical  security
     3.12 Some final touches

  4. Conclusion

  5. References


  1.  Introduction

  The directions below will produce the RedHat (currently version 6.2 is
  used, 7.0 is in development) Linux system that boots into the bare
  (=no window manager, like gnome, kde or fvwm2) X server and starts
  Netscape Navigator (not Communicator, which includes Main and News
  clients). Upon exiting the browser the X server is restarted and the
  new Netscape process is launched as needed. The system is intended for
  Internet Kiosks and similar applications.  Security is emphasized at
  all the stages of the setup.

  This HOWTO will be updated (maybe significantly) as long as more
  reports about the deployment of such boxes will arrive.

  1.1.  Disclaimer

  Use the information in this document at your own risk. I disavow any
  potential liability for the contents of this document. Use of the
  concepts, examples, and/or other content of this document is entirely
  at your own risk.

  All copyrights are owned by their owners, unless specifically noted
  otherwise.  Use of a term in this document should not be regarded as
  affecting the validity of any trademark or service mark.

  Naming of particular products or brands should not be seen as

  You are strongly recommended to take a backup of your system before
  major installation and backups at regular intervals.

  1.2.  Credits

  In this version I have the pleasure of acknowledging the previous
  maintainer of this HOWTO who nicely agreed to transfer it to me


  1.3.  New versions of this document

  New versions of this document can be found at

  1.4.  Changes Fri Sep 22 14:32:32 EDT 2000

  from 0.0.4 to 0.0.3

  �  Merged with old HOWTO

  from 0.0.2 to 0.0.3

  �  references added

  �  abstract finished

  1.5.  TODO

  �  Write abstract

  �  Suggested hardware

  �  .Xdefaults disable some keys (Alt-Ctrl-F1)

  �  X server port 6000 attacks, do something about them

  �  X server under root, bad

  �  Eliminate more unneeded RPMs

  �  Implement /etc/pam.d/limits.conf to prevent netscape bloat and
     system crash (well, by causing it to crash before bloat ;-) ), see
     Security HOWTO

  �  Protect some files with chattr is nice

  �  Provided CDROM booting considerations

  �  Redo everything for RedHat 7.0

  1.6.  Feedback

  All comments, error reports, additional information (very much
  appreciated!!!)  and criticism of all sorts should be directed to:

  My PGP key is located at

  1.7.  Copyright information

  This document is copyrighted (c) 2000 Anton Chuvakin, and parts of it
  are Copyright 1997 Donald B. Marti Jr. where marked as such

  2. OLD GUIDE: The Linux Public Web Browser mini-HOWTO
  by Donald B. Marti Jr.,

  v0.3, 5 January 1998

  The basic idea here is to give web access to people who wander by,
  while limiting their ability to mess anything up.

  2.1.  Copyright and Disclaimer

  Copyright 1997 Donald B. Marti Jr.  This document may be redistributed
  under the terms of the Linux Documentation Project license.

  This document currently contains information for Netscape Navigator
  only, but I plan to add notes for other browsers too as I get the
  necessary information.  If you try this with a different browser,
  please let me know.

  2.2.  Introduction

  The basic idea here is to give web access to people who wander by,
  while limiting their ability to mess anything up.

  This setup was originally intended for trade shows, but it might be
  applicable other places you want to have a web browser going without
  having to babysit a computer.

  Following these instructions does not make your system bulletproof or

  2.3.  Before you begin

  2.3.1.  You need a graphical browser

  This document assumes that you already have a running graphical web
  browser, such as Netscape Navigator, on your system.  You should have
  permission to use your graphical web browser.  If you want to use
  Netscape Navigator in a commercial setting, you can buy a copy with
  appropriate license through Caldera.

  2.3.2.  You need to be able to add an account

  If you don't have the right to be root, get the system administrator
  to add the ``guest'' account and give you ownership of guest's home
  directory.  Skip to the ``Create or edit the following files'' step
  (``Create or edit the following files in /home/guest'') when he or she
  is done.

  2.3.3.  You need httpd  for a stand-alone web browsing station

  If you are setting up a web browsing station to run stand-alone,
  without a network connection, you should have httpd working and the
  web documents installed.  To tell if this is the case, enter:

       lynx -dump http://localhost/

  You should get the text of the home page on your system.

  2.4.  Add the guest account

  As root, run adduser to add a user named guest.  Then enter

       passwd guest

  to set the password for the guest account.  This should be something
  easy to remember, like ``guest''.  You will be telling people this
  password.  Don't make it the same as your own password.

  Then make guest's home directory owned by you.  Enter

       chown me.mygroup /home/guest

  Replace ``me'' with your regular username and ``mygroup'' with your
  group name.  (On Red Hat Linux, these will be the same, since every
  user has his or her own group.)

  You should now exit and do the rest of the steps as yourself, not

  2.5.  Create or edit the following files in /home/guest

  2.5.1.  File name: .bash_login

       exec startx

  This means that when guest logs in, the login shell will start up the
  X Window System right away.

  2.5.2.  File name: .Xclients


  This means that when X starts, guest just gets the web browser, no
  window manager. If you prefer another web browser, do something else.

  The file .Xclients should be executable by guest.  Enter

       chmod 755 /home/guest/.Xclients

  to make it so.

  2.5.3.  File name: .xsession


  If you use xdm(1) to log people in, this file should make guest get
  the web browser as if he or she had logged in normally.  The file
  .xsession should be executable by guest.  Enter

       chmod 755 /home/guest/.xsession

  to make it so.

  2.5.4.  File name: .Xdefaults

       ! Disable drag-to-select.
       *hysteresis:                            3000

       ! Make visited and unvisited links the same color by default
       *linkForeground:                        #0000EE
       *vlinkForeground:                       #0000EE

       Netscape.Navigator.geometry: =NETSCAPE_GEOMETRY

       ! Disable some of the keyboard commands.

       ! Mouse bindings: make all mouse buttons do the same thing.
       *drawingArea.translations:              #replace                        \
       <Btn1Down>:                     ArmLink()                       \n\
       <Btn2Down>:                     ArmLink()                       \n\
       <Btn3Down>:                     ArmLink()                       \n\
       ~Shift<Btn1Up>:                 ActivateLink()                  \
                                       DisarmLink()                    \n\
       ~Shift<Btn2Up>:                 ActivateLink()                  \
                                       DisarmLink()                    \n\
       ~Shift<Btn3Up>:                 ActivateLink()                  \
                                       DisarmLink()                    \n\
       Shift<Btn1Up>:                  ActivateLink()                  \
                                       DisarmLink()                    \n\
       Shift<Btn2Up>:                  ActivateLink()                  \
                                       DisarmLink()                    \n\
       Shift<Btn3Up>:                  ActivateLink()                  \
                                       DisarmLink()                    \n\
       <Btn1Motion>:                   DisarmLinkIfMoved()             \n\
       <Btn2Motion>:                   DisarmLinkIfMoved()             \n\
       <Btn3Motion>:                   DisarmLinkIfMoved()             \n\
       <Motion>:                       DescribeLink()                  \n\

  This file disables blink tags, drag-to-select, and some of the key�
  board commands.  It also makes all mouse buttons do the same thing,
  hides the menu bar, and makes visited and unvisited links the same
  color, so each visitor gets nice clean blue links, not ones that other
  people have been thumbing through and staining purple.

  You should replace the NETSCAPE_GEOMETRY in this file with an X
  geometry that looks like this: XxY+0-0, where X is the width of your
  screen and Y is the height of your screen + 32.  This will position
  the Netscape menu bar off the top of the screen, so the user won't be
  distracted.  For example, if your screen is 800x600, the geometry
  should be 800x632+0-0.

  2.6.  Make a .netscape  directory for guest


       mkdir /home/guest/.netscape
       chmod 777 /home/guest/.netscape

  to create guest's .netscape directory and make it world-writable.

  2.7.  Try it

  Log out, then log in as guest.

  2.8.  Changing preferences

  Since you won't be able to use the menu bar as guest, you should edit
  guest's preferences manually if you need to change them, or change
  your own preferences to what you want guest's to be and copy the
  preferences file.

  3.  NEW GUIDE:  Step-by-step guide

  3.1.  Install RH

  Install RedHat (further just RH) Linux on the box. Make sure shadow
  and MD5 passwords are enabled. And have a nice long root password!
  Refer to corresponding installation guides.

  3.2.  Clean-up packages

  RH Linux was and is *really* buggy out of the box (both local and
  remote exploits are discovered every day, see BugTRAQ database), and
  many software packages installed by default can be used to obtain root
  shell from non-privileged account or in the worst cases across the
  network (or just mess up the box). Thus special attention should be
  given to package selection on the browser workstation.

  �  Use workstation or custom installation mode. The latter is
     recommended, when selecting groups of packages, only choose base-
     system, networked workstation, mail/www services (make sure you
     later replace Communicator with Navigator) and X packages and then
     erase the unneeded RPMs. If using workstation mode you will have to
     (possibly manually) remove about 300 packages.

  �  When partitioning the disk follow the scheme below. The sizes are
     appropriate for the 3 GB disk, scale the sizes accordingly for
     bigger drive but this is really not needed for this setup as the
     whole Linux system is squeezed to under 200MB.  Make sure those
     partitions (/,/home,/var and /tmp) are present! Separate /usr is
     not necessary! Remember to create a generous swap partition (at
     least the size of RAM).

     Partitions mount points and sizes used for a test system:

  Filesystem           1k-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
  /dev/hda1              1571528    184184   1307512  12% /
  /dev/hda7               300603       309    284773   0% /home
  /dev/hda6               300603        20    285062   0% /tmp
  /dev/hda5               809556      4640    763792   1% /var

  �  Remove all RPMs but those (list might be shortened later and
     automatic RPM-removal shell script might be written as well)


  Unfortunately, some of the packages above might also be redundant and
  potentially unsafe (even glibc, the main runtime Linux library, was
  recently found to have locally exploitable bugs! And so was PAM module
  library).  More candidates for elimination include gpm (console mouse
  services, had some exploit history last year) and many others.  Xlib
  has a buffer overflow but can't be eliminated. Make sure the latest
  version is used.

  3.3.  Install ssh

  Install ssh-server RPM for remote administration. Do NOT use inetd
  daemon mode, make sshd run standalone and use /etc/hosts.allow for
  access control (ssh daemon will read the file upon startup)

  3.4.  Make a boot floppy

  Make sure you create a boot floppy using a mkbootdisk command as
  errors in LILO configuration might render the system unbootable.

  3.5.  Modify configs

  Make the following modifications to configuration files

  �  /etc/inittab

  # inittab       This file describes how the INIT process should set up
  #               the system in a certain run-level.
  # Author:       Miquel van Smoorenburg, <>
  #               Modified for RHS Linux by Marc Ewing and Donnie Barnes
  #--fixed by anton for browser station

  # Default runlevel. The runlevels used by RHS are:
  #   0 - halt (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
  #   1 - Single user mode
  #   2 - Multiuser, without NFS (The same as 3, if you do not have networking)
  #   3 - Full multiuser mode
  #   4 - unused
  #  --anton--
  #   4 - browser X
  #   5 - X11
  #   6 - reboot (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
  #--anton: default runlevel now 4! other levels protected by LILO password

  # System initialization.

  l0:0:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 0
  l1:1:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 1
  l2:2:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 2
  l3:3:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 3
  l4:4:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 4
  l5:5:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 5
  l6:6:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 6

  # Things to run in every runlevel.

  #anton -- not here, disable
  #ca::ctrlaltdel:/sbin/shutdown -t3 -r now

  # When our UPS tells us power has failed, assume we have a few minutes
  # of power left.  Schedule a shutdown for 2 minutes from now.
  # This does, of course, assume you have powerd installed and your
  # UPS connected and working correctly.
  pf::powerfail:/sbin/shutdown -f -h +2 "Power Failure; System Shutting Down"

  # If power was restored before the shutdown kicked in, cancel it.
  pr:12345:powerokwait:/sbin/shutdown -c "Power Restored; Shutdown Cancelled"

  # Run gettys in standard runlevels
  1:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty1
  #--anton -- only one is needed! comment out the rest
  #2:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty2
  #3:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty3
  #4:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty4
  #5:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty5
  #6:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty6

  # Run xdm in runlevel 5
  # xdm is now a separate service
  x:5:respawn:/etc/X11/prefdm -nodaemon

  The file above disables Ctrl-Alt-Del combination and makes new run�
  level 4 a default runlevel. It also eliminates virtual consoles (all
  but 1).

  �  /etc/fstab

       /dev/hda1               /                       ext2    defaults,ro 1 1
       /dev/hda7               /home                   ext2    defaults,nodev,noexec,nosuid 1 2
       /dev/hda6               /tmp                    ext2    defaults,nodev,noexec,nosuid 1 2
       /dev/hda5               /var                    ext2    defaults,nodev,noexec,nosuid 1 2

       #/dev/cdrom              /mnt/cdrom              iso9660 noauto,owner,ro 0 0
       #/dev/fd0                /mnt/floppy             auto    noauto,owner    0 0
       none                    /proc                   proc    defaults        0 0
       none                    /dev/pts                devpts  gid=5,mode=620  0 0
       /dev/hda8               swap                    swap    defaults        0 0


  Brief explanation for the options (see man mount for more)

  �  For / : mounted read-only (ro), just to make it a little bit harder
     to do Bad Things

  �  For /home, /tmp  and  /var : nodev,noexec,nosuid will prevent (a)
     starting executable from them (download and run through netscape
     attack), (b)running suid executables (well, redundant in presence
     of the above but nice to have too) (c)creating devices by makedev
     (no faked /dev/mem for kernel module attack)

     Making /home read-only might be good idea too as no netscape is not
     supposed to write anything while running.

  �  Remember to REMOVE floppy and CDROM physically and disable
     partitions (commented out)!

  �  /etc/rc.d/ directory

     Create file xbrowser in /etc/rc.d/init.d and symlink (cd
     /etc/rc.d/rc4.d ; ln -s /etc/rc.d/init.d/xbrowser S99xbrowser)it as
     S99xbrowser in /etc/rc.d/rc4.d so that directory  /etc/rc.d/rc4.d
     looks like this

    drwxrwxrwx    2 root    root        4096 Sep 10 15:30 .
    drwxrwxrwx   10 root    root        4096 Sep 10 15:30 ..
    lrwxrwxrwx    1 root    root        1179 Sep 10 15:30 S05kudzu-> ../init.d/kudzu
    lrwxrwxrwx    1 root    root        5094 Sep 10 15:30 S10network-> ../init.d/network
    lrwxrwxrwx    1 root    root        1367 Sep 10 15:30 S16apmd-> ../init.d/apmd
    lrwxrwxrwx    1 root    root        1542 Sep 10 15:30 S20random-> ../init.d/random
    lrwxrwxrwx    1 root    root        3217 Sep 10 15:30 S25netfs-> ../init.d/netfs
    lrwxrwxrwx    1 root    root        1024 Sep 10 15:30 S30syslog-> ../init.d/syslog
    lrwxrwxrwx    1 root    root         989 Sep 10 15:30 S40atd-> ../init.d/atd
    lrwxrwxrwx    1 root    root        1031 Sep 10 15:30 S40crond-> ../init.d/crond
    lrwxrwxrwx    1 root    root        1203 Sep 10 15:30 S75keytable-> ../init.d/keytable
    lrwxrwxrwx    1 root    root        1261 Sep 10 15:30 S85gpm-> ../init.d/gpm
    lrwxrwxrwx    1 root    root        1956 Sep 10 15:30 S90xfs-> ../init.d/xfs
    lrwxrwxrwx    1 root    root         650 Sep 10 15:30 S99xbrowser-> ../init.d/xbrowser

  This init files are run upon entering runlevel 4 (either at reboot or
  when typing init 4 from root prompt). Files are run in order of
  increasing numbers so that our xbrowser runs in the end.

  xbrowser file looks like this

       # --anton: Init the box into X with browser, no login script
       echo "Starting standalone browser....."

       #put a mark into log
       echo %%%%%%Reboot%%%%% >> /var/log/xlog

       #this file marks X startrup using out xinitrc
       touch /tmp/startOK

       #--main loop, indefinite with the presence of /tmp/startOK file ------------------
       while [ -f /tmp/startOK ] ; do

       #put a mark into log
       echo %%%%%%Restart%%%%% >> /var/log/xlog

       #kill stuck netscape if any (this doesnt help if it turn zombie)
       killall -9 netscape >& /dev/null

       #clear netscape lock
       if [ -f ~netscape/.netscape/lock ]; then
        /bin/rm ~netscape/.netscape/lock

       #start X windows, no winman, using the config that starts only netscape
       #config is in root home dir!!
       #X server runs as root, sort of BAD
       /usr/X11R6/bin/xinit /root/.xinitrc -- /usr/X11R6/bin/X bc

       #main loop end-------------------------------

  This file will start X server upon boot up with no prompting (after
  LILO prompt). The X server will follow the directions in /root/.xini�
  trc, below. X server config is shown below too.

  �  Make sure /etc/sysctl.conf looks like this

  # Disables packet forwarding
  net.ipv4.ip_forward = 0
  # Enables source route verification
  net.ipv4.conf.all.rp_filter = 1
  # Disables automatic defragmentation (needed for masquerading, LVS)
  net.ipv4.ip_always_defrag = 0
  # Disables the magic-sysrq key
  #--anton: this IS important
  kernel.sysrq = 0

  This disable kernel interaction keys (aka Magic SysRQ keys) on

  �  /etc/X11/XF86Config

     Make changes to /etc/X11/XF86Config that was automatically created
     during install to look have those in:

       # File generated by XConfigurator.


       # **********************************************************************
       # Server flags section.
       # **********************************************************************

       Section "ServerFlags"

           # Uncomment this to cause a core dump at the spot where a signal is
           # received.  This may leave the console in an unusable state, but may
           # provide a better stack trace in the core dump to aid in debugging

           # Uncomment this to disable the <Ctrl><Alt><BS> server abort sequence
           # This allows clients to receive this key event.
       #--anton -- no X server kill
       #--another option is to have a kill as a means to fight broken/stuck netscape,
       #--restart will bring it back after cleanup

           # Uncomment this to disable the <Crtl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> mode switching
           # sequences.  This allows clients to receive these key events.
       #--anton -- kinda bad too



  Now, the DontZap is a questionable choice.  The Crtl-Alt-Backspace
  sequence might be the only way to kill stuck netscape or the one with
  some window overlapping netscape controls (like, View Source or View
  Page Info) as no automatic netscape fixing is implemented. Disabling
  Java and JavaScript will decrease the likelihood of it crashing, but
  will not eliminate this miserable occurrence altogether. In the cur�
  rent setup pressing Crtl-Alt-Backspace if DontZap is commented out
  will cause X server to restart, killing netscape and doing a lock file
  �  /root/.xinitrc

     Make sure that /root/.xinitrc looks like

       /bin/rm -f ~netscape/.netscape/lock >& /dev/null

       #--anton: otherwise non-root netscape cant run
       #--anton  only allow local but from all users
       #--anton  the name of test box was "afc" thus the line below
       xhost +afc
       #--anton:starts netscape as user "netscape" and full screen!!
       #make sure 1024x768 matches your monitor
       su netscape -c "netscape -no-about-splash -geometry 1024x768+0+0"

       #these commands were used in testing to set netscpae preferences
       #same as having "netscape" uiser home dir writable for this user
       #export HOME=/home/netscape
       #netscape -no-about-splash -geometry 1024x768+0+0 >& /tmp/LOG

       #also needed: X as user "guest" eventually

  See comments in file for explanation

  3.6.  Create user

  Create user netscape, his home directory will be /home/netscape.

  3.7.  Change Netscape settings

  Start netscape and apply a restricted settings as:

  �  no Java (known big  risks, recently really big holes discovered in
     Netscape Java implementation),

  �  no JavaScript (some risks with password stealing and web mail

  �  no cache (some Java bugs will access cache objects and then bypass
     JVM restrictions),

  �  no cookies (might not be possible though, low risk),

  �  remove all launches of nonstandard applications (ideally-all
     applications) with file types (by going to

  �  history length set to 0 (next user can't see what previous was
     doing, the risk is in seeing URL-encoded passwords sometimes)

  3.8.  Chown the home directory

  Do chown to root on /home/netscape (by chown -R root.root
  /home/netscape).  Make sure that his home directory belongs to root,
  there are no world-writable files and subdirectories  there and
  permission are at least

  total 9
  drwxr-xr-x    4 root     root         1024 Sep  7 18:29 .
  drwxr-xr-x    4 root     root         1024 Sep  7 18:30 ..
  -rw-r--r--    1 root     root           16 Sep  7 18:29 .bash_history
  -rw-r--r--    1 root     root           24 Sep  5 08:21 .bash_logout
  -rw-r--r--    1 root     root          230 Sep  5 08:21 .bash_profile
  -rw-r--r--    1 root     root          124 Sep  5 08:21 .bashrc
  -rw-r--r--    1 root     root           93 Sep  7 18:25 .mailcap
  -rw-r--r--    1 root     root            0 Sep  7 18:25 .mime.types
  drwxr-xr-x    4 root     root         1024 Sep 10 08:38 .netscape
  drwxr--r--    2 root     root         1024 Sep  6 00:04 .xauth

  total 264
  drwxr-xr-x    4 root     root         1024 Sep 10 08:38 .
  drwxr-xr-x    4 root     root         1024 Sep  7 18:29 ..
  drwxr--r--    2 root     root         1024 Sep  6 00:04 archive
  -rw-------    1 root     root        14757 Sep  7 18:38 bookmarks.html
  drwxr--r--    3 root     root         1024 Sep  7 18:24 cache
  -rw-r--r--    1 root     root       188416 Sep  6 00:05 cert7.db
  -rw-r--r--    1 root     root        16384 Sep  7 18:30 history.dat
  -rw-r--r--    1 root     root          111 Sep  7 16:20 history.list
  -rw-r--r--    1 root     root        16384 Sep  6 00:05 key3.db
  -rw-r--r--    1 root     root            0 Sep  6 00:04 nswrapper.copy_defs
  -rw-r--r--    1 root     root          279 Sep 10 08:38 plugin-list
  -rw-r--r--    1 root     root         3398 Sep  7 18:29 preferences.js
  -rw-r--r--    1 root     root          741 Sep  7 18:29 registry
  -rw-r--r--    1 root     root        16384 Sep  7 18:29 secmodule.db

  Carefully test netscape functionality upon doing the chown to root!
  At present, I have not found a way to avoid periodic Netscape
  complaints about "Can't write preferences".

  Another note is appropriate. Netscape is VERY buggy (last example is
  Red Hat Linux Security Advisory presents a way to crash and exploit
  netscape using a specially crafted JPEG image) and is likely to crash
  periodically, possibly producing a buffer overflow with shell access
  for the intruder. This shell will have the netscape user as owner.
  Thus the absence of xterm and rxvt on the system is absolutely crucial
  as it provides another line of defense.  Permission on the system
  should also be set very conservatively (no world-writable files).
  Ideally, NO files should be owned by user "netscape" on the system AT
  ALL (do a find / -user netscape  command to confirm this, also check
  for world writable files with find / -perm -2 ! -type l -ls).

  3.9.  Config lilo

  Modify /etc/lilo.conf



  The word restricted will cause password prompting in order to enter
  non-standard runlevel (e.g. linux init 0 from LILO: prompt).

  That implies using stock RH 6.2 kernel. Kernel upgrade to 2.2.16 might
  be a good idea as some bugs were found in early 2.2.14 kernels (low

  3.10.  REMOVE binaries

  REMOVE /usr/X11R6/bin/xterm xterm executable COMPLETELY! This is
  REALLY IMPORTANT as shell will be much harder to obtain in this case.
  Make sure its clone, rxvt, is not installed! Ideally, all programs
  that can spawn a shell should be removed.

  3.11.  Physical  security

  Some physical  security

  �  Secure reset button

  �  Remove CDROM and floppy disk drive

  �  Prevent access to the box to avoid hard drive replacement

  3.12.  Some final touches

  Some final touches (nice but not essential for system functionality)

  �  Implement free disk space monitor top avoid partition overflows

  �  Enable remote logging (preferably to some dedicated box with host-
     based IDS that analyzes the logs)

  4.  Conclusion

  It just might work ;-)

  5.  References

  1. Web Kiosk HOWTO

     Similar HOWTO, main differences: no keyboard, uses fvwm2

  2. Public Web Browser HOWTO

     Similar HOWTO, older and less security oriented
  3. Security HOWTO

     Linux Security HOWTO

  4. NIC Site

     You can buy something similar to what is described in the HOWTO for
     $199 (I am not affiliated with the company in any way)


     I also maintain a Linux ISP HOWTO.


     I also maintain a list of computer/network security related books
     with (where available) reviews and online availability. If you have
     a book that I don't list please use the form on the page and I will
     add it to the list and maybe review it later.

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