[CentOS] tripwire / .xauth$$$$ problem on Centos5
jake.grimmett at nimr.mrc.ac.uk
Thu Jul 5 13:28:28 UTC 2007
I'm using Centos5 to run a firewall, and as part of the intrusion detection
apparatus, I use tripwire (tripwire-126.96.36.199-1.fc6.x86_64.rpm - as made for
fedora core 6, and then tweaked with my own twpol.txt).
My problem, is that when I su to root, a .xauth file is created with a random
tail name - i.e. /root/.xauthyN4aHS or /root/.xauth1sGdFh and this causes
tripwire to trigger. I can stop sshd from X forwarding to prevent .xauth
files, but that's a really bad solution. And I can't see any mention of being
able to use wildcards in the the tripwire policy file.
Potential solutions are:
1) force the .xauth$$$$ file to live in a directory below root, as I can tell
tripwire to ignore this path.
2) stop the .xauth files having a random name
However I can't get a grip on how to control the creation of the .xauth file:
I've tried adding XAUTHORITY=/root/xauth/xauth to /root/bashrc and this does
not work, so any ideas are welcome!
Dr J. Grimmett
Computer Systems Manager
Division of Molecular Structure
National Institute for Medical Research
London, NW7 1AA
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