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While the current system is great for the average home network as a media server storing non-critical and non-confidential information on a private network, with a few changes, it could be ready for so much more...

 

Where I'm coming from: I'm new to unraid, and I am a long time Linux-user with widows as a side OS I avoid as much as possible. Currently I've been setting up a VFIO system, and because I won't just be using it to store media but to actually be my daily driver, I have certain security concerns with the current default configurations.

 

The following is a list of changes I've compiled, largely from http://kmwoley.com/blog/securing-a-new-unraid-installation/ and somewhat ordered by importance:

- SMB 1 disabled by default

- FTP and Tellnet disabled by default

- HTTPS enabled with a self-signed cert out of the gate (love the cert authority setup though!)

- make it more clear how to encrypt new drives (can't choose to encrypt when adding the device, has to be changed in the default filesystem setting)

- new shares not exported by default, and when exportrd, Private by default

- Don't export the USB boot media!!! (At least not by default and add an are you sure if you try to enable it)

- firewall such as UFW installed and enabled by default with only TCP port 80 and 443 set to LIMIT and whatever SMB uses opened. GUFW could be pulled from for the GUI. And providing quick check boxes for common ports would make it easy, possiblity auto enabling when you enable a core service.

- Docker Isolation through Linux namespaces / subuids

- allow tagging more shares for direct Linux VM mounting to prevent the need to pass through /mnt/user

- better multiple-user support, it's a server, right? So people other than root should be able to ssh in and access the UI; ideally root login would be disabled with use of a wheel group instead

- don't use 777 permissions by default, ideally users + groups, but at a minimum there is no reason for most things to be read, write, and execute by default!

- support for openvpn

- support for multiple different encryption keys


And add other lurking issues to this. Even if you're not exposing a system to the public internet, a lot of these things can still cause problems if the system is up 24/7. There is no such thing as a "friendly environment" outside air-gapped systems, and my daily driver will definitely not be air gapped.

 

Anyway, if you've made it this far and feel like this is a list of complaints, I'm sorry. I do like unraid and I already feel excited for where it's going.

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Necro. Sorry. I almost posted on the original thread ... https://forums.unraid.net/topic/80192-better-defaults/ but this seems the better place to take the idea forward.

 

Coming from a long history of working on similar projects (not recently ... but as far back as working at Cobalt before they were bought by Sun). I completely agree that running Dockers/VMs as unprivileged users as well as running commands through sudo with an unprivileged admin were things I just sort of expected to find when I started with Unraid recently.

 

There've been a couple of comments from Lime that make me worry.

 

* It's "an Appliance" so lower security than a custom built server is expected.

 

Yes. But Internet appliances have been around a long time and there are appliances going back to the late 90s that did more in regards to user privileges (Cobalt Qube and Raqs were actually built to fulfill the place a modern Unraid system fits a user today). Dockers didn't exist back then but the concepts aren't that much different than breaking out of a virtual web site and gaining access. VMs existed back then but weren't used in the same ways they are now.

 

* 'It shouldn't be possible to "break out" of a container and as far as I know this isn't possible. Otherwise it will be a security vulnerability of Docker itself.'

 

Sure. Same can be said of running a web service as root. If the service is vulnerable and broken, the vulnerability is the fault of the service. It's the job of the host to use sane defaults to proactively limit the damage done if it happens. Not to the point of making the system arcane to work on ... but 'sudo' and wheel groups aren't arcane, they're well documented for decades and these days it's actually weird to not need to use them.

 

And as pointed out in the original thread, there have been at least proof of concept attacks against Docker. At that point companies have 2 directions to go: "Docker's fault, sorry" or "no worries, even if it happens we've done the work to protect you".

 

I DO know the pain that can be caused to your support group if you change some basic paradigms. Going back to Cobalt for a second, our first generation of appliances were not secured well and we had to make some core changes. That changeover was full of support calls. But ... this was back when things weren't well documented on the Internet and most users had never even heard of Linux. Once that process was done supports' life, as well as the consumers', was much much easier. Because most day to day problems simply didn't occur anymore.

 

In reading a number of replies from Lime it really feels to me like there is an inherent inertia involved because of the hesitance to change a long established product. I get that. I get it well enough that I'm not expecting these changes to be made. But I can still hope for them. I can make some of the changes I feel are needed (disabling Telnet, SMB v1, changing root password) very easily. Other things like making Unraid support a non-privileged user to run specific highly integrated tasks? No way.

 

And ... I'm a brand new user. I bought my Pro license a day ago after configuring everything and knowing what I was getting into. So I'm 100% not saying Unraid isn't a good product. I'm just saying the security could improve.

 

I would never expect these types of core changes in a point patch. I don't expect them in the next major patch. I'm just lending a voice to consider them at the point where the next major release is defined after this point to consider them.

 

 

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