Sam Stelfox

Thoughts from a software engineer, systems hacker and Linux gubernāre.


Amanda, or the Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver is an open source computer archiving tool that is able to back up data residing on multiple computers on a network.

Security Notes

The biggest in your face security hole that I see off the top of my head is that amanda uses the xinetd to run it's services. xinetd while more secure than it's predecessor inetd, still suffers from the problem that it allows any arbitrary program to start up automatically and listen on any port (including privileged ports) for incoming connections, there are many insecure daemons that are traditionally run from xinetd that I do not want existing on my network.

Higher security for the rest of the system and a very carefully tuned firewall is my only defence against this evil service.

Steps I took

yum install amanda amanda-client amanda-server

Edit /etc/xinetd.d/amanda and change disable to 'no'.

Started xinetd

Verified it opened port 10080/udp

Opened port 10080/udp on firewall for server subnet

Added to /var/lib/amanda/.amandahosts:

localhost                          amandabackup
backup                             amandabackup amandabackup
legba                              root

Set permissions on /var/lib/amanda/.amandahosts to 600 created folder /opt/backups and changed owner to amandabackup and then I messed something up... and didn't document it...