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       checksecurity - check for changes to setuid programs




       The  checksecurity  command scans the mounted files systems (subject to the filter defined
       in /etc/checksecurity.conf) and compares the list of setuid programs to the  list  created
       on the previous run. Any changes are printed to standard output. Also, it generates a list
       of nfs and afs filesystems that are mounted insecurely (i.e. they are  missing  the  nodev
       and either the noexec or nosuid flags).

       checksecurity   is   run   by   cron   on   a  daily  basis,  and  the  output  stored  in


       The checksecurity.conf file defines several configuration variables: CHECKSECURITY_FILTER,

       The  CHECKSECURITY_FILTER environment variable which is the argument of 'grep -vE' applied
       to the output of the mount command. In other words, the value of CHECKSECURITY_FILTER is a
       regular  expression  that  removes  matching  lines  from  those file systems that will be
       scanned. The default value removes all file systems of type proc,  bind,  msdos,  iso9660,
       ncpfs,  nfs,  afs,  smbfs,  auto,  ntfs,  coda file systems, anything mounted on /dev/fd*,
       anything mounted on /mnt or /amd, and anything mounted with option nosuid or noexec.

       The checksecurity.conf file is sourced from checksecurity, so you  could  do  some  fairly
       tricky things to define CHECKSECURITY_FILTER.

       The  CHECKSECURITY_NOFINDERRORS  environment  variable,  if  set  to  the  literal "TRUE",
       disables find errors from checksecurity (actually, it re-routes them to /dev/null ).

       The CHECKSECURITY_NONFSAFS environment variable, if set to the  literal  "TRUE",  disables
       the  message  about nfs and afs file systems that are mounted without the nodev and either
       the noexec or nosuid options.

       If set, the CHECKSECURITY_EMAIL variable defines who is sent a copy of the  setuid.changes

       The  CHECKSECURITY_DEVICEFILTER  variable specifies a find clause for which matching block
       and character device files will not be monitored for changing owners and permissions.  For
       example,  if  you  don't  want to check for permission changes on tty device files beneath
       /dev, you could set the following:

              CHECKSECURITY_DEVICEFILTER='-path /dev/tty*'

       Note that any added or modified suid programs under that path would still be detected.  If
       you want to specify multiple expressions, separate them with '-o', but there is no need to
       surround the whole clause with parentheses. To disable this filter, specify it as '-false'
       (which is the default).

       Note that if the system gets restarted often checksecurity will report a lot of changes in
       the /dev/ subdirectory due to timestamp changes. In this case you might want to change  it

              CHECKSECURITY_DEVICEFILTER='-path /dev/'

       The  CHECKSECURITY_PATHFILTER  variable  specifies a find clause which will be pruned from
       the search path.  This means that the entire subtree will be  completely  skipped.   Thus,

              CHECKSECURITY_PATHFILTER='-path /var/ftp'

       then  the  entire  /var/ftp  tree  will  be skipped. To disable this filter, specify it as
       '-false' (which is the default).

       LOGDIR sets the name of the directory which stores the files which  track  the  permission
       and ownership changes. By default, they are in /var/log/setuid.


              checksecurity configuration file

              setuid files from the most recent run

              setuid files from the previous run