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Thursday, May 9, 2024

How to Install and Configure Linux Socket Monitor (LSM) for Network and Inter-Process Monitoring

Linux Socket Monitor (LSM) is a powerful tool designed to monitor changes to ports and sockets, including both network and inter-process communication (IPC) sockets used between applications on the same machine. By comparing snapshots of socket configurations, LSM provides valuable insights into network activity and facilitates security monitoring. This guide walks you through the process of installing and configuring LSM on your Linux system.

1. Download LSM: Begin by downloading the latest version of LSM from the developer's website. Use the wget command to fetch the tarball
2. Extract the Tarball: Once the download is complete, extract the contents of the tarball using the tar command:
tar -xvfz lsm-current.tar.gz
3. Install LSM: Navigate to the extracted directory and run the installation script
cd lsm-0.6 ./
Upon completion, you will receive a confirmation message displaying installation details and the path to the LSM executable.
4. Configure LSM: Open the LSM configuration file using a text editor (e.g., nano)
nano /usr/local/lsm/conf.lsm
Locate the line with the USER variable and replace the default value (typically "root") with your email address. This allows LSM to send notifications to the specified email address.
Save the changes and exit the text editor.
5. Managing Snapshots: LSM creates snapshots of socket configurations for comparison. You can manage these snapshots using the following commands:Delete snapshots:
/usr/local/sbin/lsm -d
Manually run a comparison test: /usr/local/sbin/lsm -c
Generate base comparison files: /usr/local/sbin/lsm -g
By installing and configuring Linux Socket Monitor (LSM), you gain a powerful tool for monitoring network and inter-process communication on your Linux system. With LSM's ability to track changes to ports and sockets, you can enhance security monitoring and gain valuable insights into network activity.