Quote:> Good glaven, I thought Linux was supposed to be more secure than XP!
> When I enter "ps aux" I see mostly "root" and "jacob" (that's me). I
> also see a few things under the users xfs, 72, daemon, and rpc. I only
> have my root account and my personal account on my machine, so I take it
> these are the rogue users hacking my system?
Nope, they're system users automatically created by the installation
of various programs. Or crackers, no way to tell since you persist
in not giving any useful information.
"Linux" is highly insecure, and XP with Service Pack 2 is quite
secure. Now, a modern and well-done Linux distribution (say, Debian
or SuSE) set up and administered by a competent person (say, me) is
fairly secure, but for an inexperienced administrator you're actually
far more secure with Windows.
>> , and also check to see
>> what your "netstat" returns as..
> I see about ten under "tcp," I don't really know what they mean but I
> see one for amazon.com, a web page I hardly ever go to.
Did it even occur to you to post the actual results of netstat and
ps? Actually if a process is connecting to a site without your
permission that's a very bad sign.
If you want to be sure you're cracked, run programs like chkrootkit
or Rootkit Hunter, which check for known penetration techniques. To
be really safe, take your system off the network, repartition and
reformat the hard disk, and install a new operating system. (You can
back up all your actual data to a CD or something, just don't save
any programs.) The whole reinstallation process can take less than
two hours if you do it right. I strongly suggest either switching to
a less administration-intensive operating system, or at least reading
up on Linux before installing.
If you're a Linux beginner and don't want to go back to Windows, may
I suggest Ubuntu Linux? It's not the most hand-holding distribution,
but a very simple command ("aptitude update && aptitude upgrade") can
install every security fix known to the developers in a matter of
minutes, and being a Debian-derived distro it's very quick on the
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