Ubuntu Security :: Creating PPK File Using Puttygen - Private Key Not Loading

Oct 12, 2010

I am trying to use puttygen to create a ppk file that I can use with putty. I try to import the private key and it gives me the error: Couldn't load private key (ciphers other than DES-EDE3-CBC not supported). Now I obviously know this is telling me that I have the wrong cipher, but what what do I do to use the correct one? Here are the instructions that I used to create the keys.

Also, when I open the key this is the top:
Proc-Type: 4,ENCRYPTED
DEK-Info: AES-128-CBC
and then some other stuff that I don't think I should share. But the weird thing (to me atleast) is that it lists CBC right at the top there which is what puttygen wants. Why won't it accept it?

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Ubuntu Security :: Private Folder For Private Files?

Aug 18, 2010

i noticed that all files can be seen by another computer if the drive is accessed

can I stop this? can i set a private folder?

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May 15, 2010

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Jan 25, 2011

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Apr 17, 2011

Some people have said that it's dumb to use the same key for multiple things, but for curiosity's sake, is it possible to convert one's private key to id_rsa? I know that I can convert my public key to id_rsa.pub with ``$ gpgkey2ssh [key ID] >id_rsa.pub'', and that makes me think that there should be a way to do it with my private key.

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Security :: Ssh Encryption Key - How Client Know What Private Key To Use

Mar 18, 2011

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Mar 26, 2010

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Oct 12, 2010

I have a seperate partition for my "/home" folder. Whenever I install a new distro I format my "/" folder.

This way I was able to access my old home data files since I install using a different username. Everything worked fine until last Sunday.

10.10, unlike other versions of ubuntu, has encrypted my old username in my home folder.

Then using this document [url]

I was able to mount my hard drive again. But all the file and folder names are like this.

Btw I don't remember selecting an option to encrypt my old home directory in the first place, what is this ?

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Dec 10, 2010

Long story short: I opted to encrypt my home, enter the passphrase and soon as I log out and rebooted, I got stuck with a message about /var/lib/ICEauthority file and other messages. So I've been trying to fix one issue at the time. The bottom line is that I'm trying to get to my private folder. Dropped in recovery mode:


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Feb 18, 2010

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Mar 22, 2011

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Ubuntu Networking :: Unable To Detect Private Key File?

Sep 17, 2010

I'm running Karmic Koala on my laptop and I'm attempting to connect to my university's secure wireless network. I was directed here by the university's computer help websiteI've followed all the steps, but when I open the wireless network authentication applet and try to browse to my private key, I can't find it. The "chose your private key" window claims to be looking for "DER, PEM, or PKCS#12 private keys (*.der, *.pem, *.p12)," and while my private key file shows up as a .p12 file when I open that location with my file browser, the file doesn't show up when I try and browse to it from the authentication applet. I've attached an image which shows the file in one window, but not in the other f clarification.

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Aug 8, 2011

I'm a absolute "server- noob" but I've got some experienced with desktop linux and want to build my own file server to access my stuff over the internet. I'm using dropbox for a while now like a cloud drive by simply mounting the "private" folder (which I encrypted with encfs/BoxCrypt) in order to cross-platform use important files. The problem is that Dropbox only provides 2 GB for free and I don't know how secure my data is up there. Moreover I don't wanna always sync all files locally.

I got an intel atom machine standing around and so I want to build my own file server to provide the same or at least a similar service.

1. Which type of server application provides a "network drive" that computers (several users) from the internet can access?

2. What's the best way to encrypt my data and transmission in order to make the system absolutely unattackable/unreadable from outside?

3. Is there a service that can provide a dropbox-style sync mechanism?

4. Which distro should I use? I'd prefer a non-desktop enviroment solution but never had anything to do with it. Is that possible for an average linux user?

I'm aware that this solution won't be very fast because of the limited upload of a standard internet connection but that would be ok! It's more that I want to have the possibiltiy to access all my data as a thin-client anywhere, anytime on any machine and still be on the safe side. I know that this is some kind of contradiction but what would be the best compromise? I know some questions may sound stupid but I really never had anything to do with servers at all in the past...

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Jul 25, 2010

I downloaded three iso-images, 1 dvd-image and 2 cd-images:


Being paranoid, I created iso-files from the burnt DVD-R and the two burnt CD-R to verify integrity.

The iso-file of the DVD-R was identical to the downloaded image. Both iso-files created from the CD-R were different in size.

The original size of openSUSE-11.3-KDE4-LiveCD-i686.iso is 719.323.136 Bytes.

I only got 718.938.112 Bytes when recreating an ISO-file from my CD-R.

The CD-R is from Sony. When the length of my ISO-file doesn't correspond to the downloaded one, the checksum file verification doesn't work.

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Feb 5, 2010

I am interested in creating a photoblog on Wordpress. Before I jump in I thought it would be wise to ask a few questions here first rather than getting into trouble and then firing absurd questions left and right. I am not very experienced regarding servers but not afraid either I was reading How-to's online reagarding installing Wordpress on Linux [url] and few questions came to mind :

1) Like any other server, does the computer that will run Wordpress have to be up and running for 24/7?

2) Since I will install Wordpress on a desktop, should I be concerned about my machine being compromised? I am not an expert on internet security so this is a big concern of mine.

3) Is it a good idea to install Wordpress on a personal desktop at all? Does running Wordpress from a different partition of the hard drive (if it is possible) help at all.

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Mar 25, 2010

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I also have root access on a Desktop Ubuntu system ( on the LAN. I need to create another desktop user account on that system.

So I logged into that system with: ssh -Y myself@
Then I did: sudo users-admin

This brings up the Users Settings but the Add User and Unlock buttons are disabled. How do I enable these buttons?

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Feb 21, 2011

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what are some recommendations for general security practices?

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Aug 10, 2009

I am working to create a new base image for our RHEL5 setups, and I wanted to make sure we are creating a functional, but secure, image. Can anyone point me to some writeup's that might provide some illumination on this potentially daunting task? Basically, I'm concerned about what packages are okay, which should be avoided, and what other caveats that I might not think of when putting this together.

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Feb 22, 2011

I'm trying to set up a firewall at the moment that allows access to my custom SSH port from only my friend's url (they have a static url but dynamic IP). I find iptables a bit of a nightmare and was hoping to use UFW for most of my day to day firewall maintenance and just make a few extra iptable rules to cover exceptional circumstances like this. Fortunately it seems UFW allows this with /etc/ufw/before.rules and /etc/ufw/after.rules. So at the moment I'm just trying to get the basic iptables rules right. As I say I'm not very good with iptables, does this look right?


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iptables -N SSH_DEFAULT
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Sep 14, 2009

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int main()
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Dec 28, 2010

I have been investigating some security precautions over the past several months. I use Ubuntu now instead of windows and FIrefox browser also. I have installed BetterPrivacy, WOT, NoSCript and a few other add ons. I have SELinux, ClamAV, AIDE, and chkrootkit installed for Ubuntu.

When we browse certain web sites, we get an error about the server being reset. However, when I put the Ubuntu install cd in and browse with Firefox, obviously with no add ons or settings changed, we can browse to the site with no problems. We are trying to be secure on the internet and I don't want to lower or get rid of any of the settings / add ons we added. What would cause servers to reset when using Firefox / Ubuntu with browser add ons / OS addons?

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Mar 18, 2010

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May 2, 2010

I bought a new SD card which I intend to put some MP3s on - except that I can't write to it because it tells me the destination is Read Only. No-probs thinks I: I'll just reformat it.

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Various chmod commands all result in Read-only file system. I tried umount then mount commands, but it couldn't find it to mount once I'd unmounted it using the same /media/ file path (I assume it's the only one).

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Jan 15, 2010

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"error while loading shared libraries: libxcb-xlib.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory"

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Jan 17, 2010

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I google and found instructions on how to build from tar.gz files but what about the options I set on the CLI?

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Nov 14, 2010

I am pretty frustrated with Ubuntu security partially because I don't know exactly how to fix things in it like I do windows and you can't always use GUI with Ubuntu which is quite annoying. Basically.. I created a samba share. When I copy files from my Windows machine TO the Samba share the permissions are always screwed up. I can watch the videos but I can't delete them. I have to go into Nautalis? via F2, sudo something and change permissions everytime I copy something into the shared folder. To me, this is stupid.

Another issue... I added a 2nd hard drive to my Ubuntu machine, shared the entire drive. Once again.. when I copy files to the share I can only read them.. I have to keep stealing ownership so to speak over the files. Now, when I want to CUT and PASTE from my Drive "C" Ubuntu to my Drive "D" I dont have access. Ugh... why can't there just be a way to make all files accessable.

Why should I have to pop into a different program to regain permissions everytime. When I create a folder it should STAY that way. Anything I copy into it.. its MINE. Just because I copy from another machine onto THIS machine, I am still the creator of that folder. I SHOULD have access to EVERYTHING in it.

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May 14, 2010

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Jan 22, 2010

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