Hackers, viruses, worms, and malware, today’s world needs constant vigilance in terms of security. To that end, it is important to make sure that your server attack surface is as minimal as you can make it. With a runbook, you can automate the security configuration of an Ubuntu server. It is recommended that you review the guidelines from CIS to ensure that your server is as secure as possible.
Every installation is different and the examples provided here are only intended to demonstrate functionality. Ensure you are complying with your company’s security policies when you configure any infrastructure and that your specific implementation matches your needs.
Create the runbook
To create a runbook to harden your Ubuntu server:
- From your project’s overview page, navigate to Operations ➜ Runbooks, and click ADD RUNBOOK.
- Give the runbook a name and click SAVE.
- Click DEFINE YOUR RUNBOOK PROCESS, and then click ADD STEP.
- Click Script, and then select the Run a Script step.
- Give the step a name.
- Choose the Execution Location on which to run this step.
- In the Inline source code section, select Bash and add the following code:
The following script will make changes to the default installation of SSH and disables the root logon. Please review carefully if you plan to implement.
# Update repos sudo apt-get update # Upgrade existing packages to latest sudo apt-get upgrade # harden SSH - grab the Octopus project variable SSH_PORT sudo cp /etc/ssh/sshd_config /etc/ssh/backup.sshd_config SSH_PORT=$(get_octopusvariable "SSH_PORT") sudo cat > /etc/ssh/sshd_config <<EOL Port $SSH_PORT Protocol 2 HostKey /etc/ssh/ssh_host_ed25519_key HostKey /etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key HostKey /etc/ssh/ssh_host_dsa_key HostKey /etc/ssh/ssh_host_ecdsa_key Ciphers aes128-ctr,aes192-ctr,aes256-ctr,firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com macs firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com,hmac-sha2-256,hmac-sha2-512 KexAlgorithms firstname.lastname@example.org,ecdh-sha2-nistp256,ecdh-sha2-nistp384,ecdh-sha2-nistp521,diffie-hellman-group-exchange-sha256 SyslogFacility AUTH ClientAliveCountMax 2 Compression no LogLevel VERBOSE MaxAuthTries 2 MaxSessions 2 LoginGraceTime 30 PermitRootLogin no StrictModes yes PubkeyAuthentication yes IgnoreRhosts yes HostbasedAuthentication no PermitEmptyPasswords no ChallengeResponseAuthentication no PasswordAuthentication no X11Forwarding no AllowTcpForwarding no AllowAgentForwarding no PermitUserEnvironment no X11DisplayOffset 10 PrintMotd no PrintLastLog yes TCPKeepAlive no AcceptEnv LANG LC_* Subsystem sftp /usr/lib/openssh/sftp-server UsePAM yes UseDNS no MaxStartups 2 EOL # Install fail2ban sudo apt-get install fail2ban # Create new user with sudo rights newAdminUser=$(get_octopusvariable "AdminUser") sudo adduser $newAdminUser sudo usermod -aG sudo $newAdminUser su - $newAdminUser # Disable root login sudo passwd -l root
The above script is a very basic hardening of Ubuntu. Using the CIS guidelines, you could further harden the installation per your organizations requirements.
Disabling weak TLS protocols
To harden the TLS implementation used, review our documentation on Disabling weak TLS protocols.
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Last updated Sunday, January 1, 2023