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I've seen mention of securing /dev/shm and /proc and I was wondering how you do that and what it consists of doing? I assume this involves /etc/sysctl.conf editing of some kind right.

Like these?

kernel.exec-shield = 1
kernel.randomize_va_space = 1 
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For /dev/shm, I suppose you could disable it or restrict the permissions if you don't have any applications that require POSIX shared memory. But for /proc I can't think of anything you could do. That filesystem is actually quite vital for commands like ps to work. Do you have any references concerning such hardening practices? –  Celada Feb 1 '13 at 22:01
    
Nope. I've just heard of them. I know with CloudLinux and GRSecurity Kernels, users can only ps their processes in /proc. Just not sure if you can do similar security on a default kernel. –  Tiffany Walker Feb 1 '13 at 22:32
    
Which version of Linux are you currently using? –  ewwhite Feb 1 '13 at 23:13
    
1 server CL. Another GRSec. and several others just use the default CentOS 6.x –  Tiffany Walker Feb 1 '13 at 23:26

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The process I use, based on the CIS Linux Security Benchmark, is to modify /etc/fstab to restrict device creation, execution and suid privs on the /dev/shm mount.

shmfs        /dev/shm         tmpfs   nodev,nosuid,noexec        0 0

For the sysctl settings, simply adding some of these to /etc/sysctl.conf works. Run sysctl -p to activate.

# CIS benchmarks
fs.suid_dumpable = 0
kernel.exec-shield = 1
kernel.randomize_va_space = 2
net.ipv4.conf.all.send_redirects = 0
net.ipv4.conf.default.send_redirects = 0
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Thanks for mentioning the CIS Security Benchmark, every security conscious sys admin should read and apply the relevant recommendations. –  Daniel t. Feb 2 '13 at 5:36
    
How would you mount it? Is tmpfs the same as shmfs? I get tmpfs for /dev/shm –  Tiffany Walker Feb 7 '13 at 19:53

ewwhite has already mentioned the CIS Linux Security Benchmark recommendations, I would also like to add another security guideline worth mentioning - Guide to the Secure Configuration of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 by the NSA. In addition to adding nodev,nosuid,noexec options for /dev/shm, the recommendations for kernel parameters which affect networking are mentioned in section 2.5.1 -

Host only

net.ipv4.ip forward = 0
net.ipv4.conf.all.send redirects = 0
net.ipv4.conf.default.send redirects = 0

Host and Router

 net.ipv4.conf.all.accept_source_route = 0
 net.ipv4.conf.all.accept_redirects = 0
 net.ipv4.conf.all.secure_redirects = 0
 net.ipv4.conf.all.log_martians = 1
 net.ipv4.conf.default.accept_source_route = 0
 net.ipv4.conf.default.accept_redirects = 0
 net.ipv4.conf.default.secure_redirects = 0
 net.ipv4.icmp_echo_ignore_broadcasts = 1
 net.ipv4.icmp_ignore_bogus_error_messages = 1
 net.ipv4.tcp_syncookies = 1
 net.ipv4.conf.all.rp_filter = 1
 net.ipv4.conf.default.rp_filter = 1
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