Lynis v1.5.6 Released

Lynis is an auditing tool which tests and gathers (security) information from Unix based systems. The audience for this tool are security and system auditors, network specialists and system maintainers.

Some of the (future) features and usage options:

  • System and security audit checks
  • File Integrity Assessment
  • System and file forensics
  • Usage of templates/baselines (reporting and monitoring)
  • Extended debugging features

This tool is tested or confirmed to work with at least: AIX, Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X, Solaris. See website for the full list of tested operating systems.




Changelog v1.5.6 (2014-06-12)


  • Test for PHP binary and PHP version
  • Don’t perform register_global test for systems running PHP 5.4.0 and later [PHP-2368]
  • Debug function (can be activated via –debug or profile)


  • Extended IsRunning function
  • Removed suggestion from secure shell test [SHLL-6202]
  • Check for idle session handlers [SHLL-6220]
  • Also check for apache2 binary (file instead of directory)
  • New report values: session_timeout_enabled and session_timeout_method
  • New report value for plugins: plugins_enabled
  • Fixed test to determine active TCP sessions on Linux [NETW-3012]

Changelog v1.5.5 (2014-06-08)


  • Check for nginx access logging [HTTP-6712]
  • Check for missing error logs in nginx [HTTP-6714]
  • Check for debug mode in nginx [HTTP-6716]


  • Extended SSL test for nginx when using listen statements
  • Allow debugging via profile (config:debug:yes)
  • Check if discovered httpd file is actually a file
  • Improved temporary file creation related to security notice
  • Adjustments to screen output

Security Note:
This releases solves two issues regarding the usage of temporary files (predictability of the file names). You are advised to upgrade to this version as soon as possible. For more information see the our blog post:

Changelog v1.5.4 (2014-06-04)


  • Check additional configuration files for nginx [HTTP-6706]
  • Analysis of nginx settings [HTTP-6708]
  • New test for SSL configuration of nginx [HTTP-6710]


  • Altered SMBD version check for Mac OS
  • Small adjustments to report for readability


More Information:

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