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Old 06-27-2003, 06:04 AM   #1
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Red face .bash_history gone

Hello, everyone. When I booted into my linux desktop at home today,and logged on a root, I realized that almost all the history on my bash shell were not available. I checked .bash_history in the root directory and it only contains only the most recent commands I used from last night. All the other commands are gone. I am pretty sure I haven't deleted any of them and got suspicious b/c my computer was connected online allday yesterday downloading stuff. Now, my question is should I take this as an indication that my linux desktop box was rooted by some hacker? Or, am I being extremly paranoid? For the moment, I am not taking anything for granted and am back at my windows box.
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Could you disconnect the Linux box and take a look at the logs?
Old 06-27-2003, 05:15 PM   #3
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try this topic for forensics and tools; I haven't had a chance to look thru them thoroughly yet.

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Do "env | grep HIST": first thing I would look was at the HISTFILESIZE, HISTSIZE and HISTIGNORE environment variables, for the Bash shell they're set from /etc/profile. If you want to have root log everything make sure you unset those variables for root, make sure the permissions on the history file are restricted to user root only, chattr +a for append only and rotate the log at some convenient size/time to maintain record.


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