How Install and setup a honeypot

by on October 10, 2006 · 5 comments· LAST UPDATED March 20, 2008

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Honeypot is a computer system set up as a trap for computer attackers. If intruders are always scanning the Internet for potential victims and they are can you find the intruders and their exploits by putting up fake networks that only a deliberate scan could find? That's the theory behind honeypots. Peter Mikhalenko discusses the implementation, theory, and legality of using a honeypot to protect your network.

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A honeypot is solution. This is a system designed in such a way that an unsophisticated hacker will want to crack it immediately--like fake diamonds in a glass case in a jewelry shop. First, a quick story. A famous and rich man bought a super safe made of ferro-alloy. He boasted to everyone about his safe and claimed that nobody could crack it. After about a week of this, burglars came in the night and spent two hours cracking the safe with strong acid and explosives. When they opened the safe, they found nothing; the valuables were elsewhere and the burglars were caught.

A honeypot emulates a server with serious security holes. The intent is to attract network intruders so that they will spend their time on a useless job. Honeypots are closely-monitored network decoys that serve several purposes: they can distract adversaries from more valuable machines on a network, provide early warning about new attacks and exploitation trends, and allow in-depth examination of adversaries during and after exploitation.

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1 zer0punk November 3, 2006 at 11:14 pm

What type of honeypot is the most hit? linux or windows?

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2 nixCraft November 4, 2006 at 3:47 am

There is no such hard rule to answer linux or window … it depends upon situation

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3 James April 27, 2010 at 4:33 am

From where can I get a Honeypot software…including the design,implementation guidelines etc.
Please help

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4 honeypottester October 7, 2011 at 11:58 am

windows is an honeypot itself ;=)

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5 Raj July 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm

sir . we take project on implementation of honeyd on linux so , sir can u pls tell me the step to install a honeyd…..

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