Audit your Unix process list

When you are managing a Unix machine (it is about the same thing for GNU/Linux machines), you are often interested in maintaining a good level of security. For this, one of the most important things is to ensure that the process list (the list of all activities) is containing only secure processes. Checking this is often a bit more difficult than beginners would like: So many questions to ask and we are a bit unsure about the important ones.

Today, I found a checklist easy to use to perform this quick security audit (online version)on your *nix machine. Also, I prepared word-processed versions of the checklist (see the box on the right).

Undoubtedly, this should not be the only security measure on your GNU/Linux machine, but it’s an easy one to start with and it will give a better grasp of the basics for beginners.