Lynis v1.6.3 Released

Lynis v1.6.3 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 v1.6.3


  • Added tests for Shellshock bash vulnerability [SHLL-6290]
  • Added test to determine if Snoopy is used [ACCT-9636]
  • New test for qdaemon configuration file [PRNT-2416]
  • Test for GRUB boot loader password [BOOT-5122]
  • New test for qdaemon printer jobs [PRNT-2420]
  • Added ClamXav test for Mac OS X [MALW-3288]
  • Gentoo vulnerable packages test [PKGS-7393]
  • New test for qdaemon status [PRNT-2418]
  • Gentoo package listing [PKGS-7304]
  • Running Lynis without root permissions will start non-privileged scan
  • Systemd service and timer example file added
  • Added grub2-install to binaries


  • Adjustments so insecure SSL protocols are detected in nginx config [HTTP-6710]
  • Directories will be skipped when searching for nginx log files [HTTP-6720]
  • Only gather unique name servers from /etc/resolv.conf [NAME-2704]
  • Properly detect mod_evasive on Gentoo and others [HTTP-6640]
  • Improved swap partition detection in /etc/fstab [FILE-6336]
  • Improvements to kernel detection (e.g. Gentoo) [KRNL-5830]
  • Test for built-in security options in YUM [PKGS-7386]
  • Improved boot loader detection for GRUB2 [BOOT-5121]
  • Split GRUB test into two tests [BOOT-5122]
  • Added Mac OS uptime check [BOOT-5202]
  • Improved GetHostID function for systems having only ip binary
  • Improved testing for symlinked binary directories
  • Minor adjustments to log output
  • Renamed dev directory to extras


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