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    Post Linux- Logging:How do I?

    Hello,
    I recently install Redhat 7.1, upgraded the kernel, and connected to the internet all with help from users on this forum. So I figured after looking at abunch of Howto's with no luck I should post something here.
    I want to be able to log all attemps to access my pc on a certain port. I would like to setup in /etc/syslog.conf to make it log any attempts on any common ports. Can anyone help me? I have looked at the man page of "syslog.conf" but it was no help.

    Any and all help is greatly appreciated.....

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    check out tcplogd.c on packetstorm
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    You should also check out Portsentry at psionic.com

    It will log all suspicious activity, as well as give you the option to automatically drop the attacking IP into the hosts.deny file (for tcpwrappers) and IPTables/IPChains whichever kernel you use. Check it out. It's an excellent product. Good luck.

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    Thanks

    I'm checkign it out, I got the source for it, just need to go home and compile it.
    Is there any way to setup in /etc/syslog.conf to log any attempts on a certain port? I don't want it to log the service because I have it disabled, but I do want any attempts to see if what services I have running, wether it be nmap or whatever.


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    Portsentry logs the connection attempts to a special file called portsentry.history. This file is located in /usr/local/psionic/portsentry directory by default. Mandrake comes with it pre-installed and is located at /etc/portsentry directory, instead. You will need to bee root to access the default directory. I like the separate logging as it is easier to see exactly what you are looking for. Good luck.

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    Just to add to what gaxprels has to say, you can set portsentry to do several detection modes including my favorite `advanced stealth tcp scan' ( option -atcp). In addition it can make use of tcp wrappers and an ipchain or iptable rule, and will add the ip's of offending machines to /etc/hosts.deny.

    http://www.psionic.com makes another great and `free' product called logcheck. It scans logs for suspect activity and compiles a log that can be mailed to anyone you like ranking the activity from very suspicious to just something you should know. Truly fantastic logging.
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    there is always snort. www.snort.org
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    Thanks

    I am out of town on Vacation right now, thanks for everyone's help. When I get back in town I will try all of your suggestions..

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